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How a tiny portion of the world’s oceans could help meet global seafood demand

Seafood is an essential staple in the diets of people around the world. Global consumption of fish and shellfish has more than doubled over the last 50 years, and is expected to keep rising with global population growth. Many people assume that most seafood is something that we catch in…...

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Additional Extension Aquaculture Specialist Joins University of California Davis

The University of California Davis and U.C. Cooperative Extension announces the appointment of Dr. Jackson A. Gross to the Extension Faculty of the Department of Animal Science at U.C. Davis. Dr. Gross will join Dr. Fred S. Conte, who has conducted the aquaculture Extension programs at U.C. Davis since 1977.…...

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Hope after Harvey: Alltech launches relief efforts for Texas farmers and ranchers

The Lone Star State should not stand alone in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey’s deluge. The historic hurricane’s damage could be devastating to Texas farmers and ranchers, who lead the U.S. in cattle, cotton, hay, sheep and goat production, contributing more than $20 billion annually to the economy. There are…...

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Seeking Presenters for Aquaculture America 2018 in Las Vegas

The California Aquaculture Association (CAA) is proud and excited to be a part of Aquaculture America 2018, which will be held at the Paris Hotel and Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on February 19-22, 2018. From the Aquaculture America 2018 brochure: AQUACULTURE AMERICA 2018 will have the largest aquaculture trade show…...

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Hog Island Hosts Coastal Clean Up Day and Oyster BBQ

Saturday, September 16th, 2017 Coastal Clean Up | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Oyster BBQ & Potluck | 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Marconi Conference Center Historic State Park Click here to register...

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A tiny fraction of oceans could satisfy the world’s fish demand

According to United Nations estimates, about 57 percent of fish stocks are exploited — meaning they can bear no more fishing without population decline — and 30 percent are over-exploited, depleted or recovering. A solution may be on the horizon. According to a study published today and co-authored by Peter Kareiva, director…...

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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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68th Annual North West Fish Culture Concepts Workshop: December 5 – 7, 2017 in Redding, California

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) cordially invites you to attend the 68th Annual North West Fish Culture Concepts (NWFCC) workshop on December 5-7, 2017 in Redding, California. This year’s theme is Conservation, Mitigation, and Recreation. Invited plenary speakers include CDFW Director Charles H. Bonham, Deputy Director Stafford…...

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CAA President, Tony Schuur Defends Oyster Farming Operations at State Hearing

Keeping Tomales Bay clean as it hosts shellfish aquaculture operations was the focus of a state-sponsored hearing Monday at the Marconi Conference Center. In the past few years there has been increased attention on aquaculture practices and stewardship on state-licensed operations around California, particularly related to marine debris, according to…...

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Action Alert: Shellfish Aquaculture Best Management Practices Meeting July 17, 2017

The California Fish and Game Commission and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife will be holding a meeting and discussion on Best Management Practices related to Shellfish Aquaculture and the development of new rule making. Monday, July 17, 2017 1PM to 3PM McCargo Room at the Marconi Conference Center…...

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USTFA Announces 2017 Fall Conference

The United States Trout Farmers Association (USTFA) Fall Conference will be held in Twin Falls Idaho during September 21-23, 2017. The conference will be held in conjunction with the Idaho Aquaculture Association and features a day and a half of talks, social time, Dinner & Raffle, Trade Show and an…...

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New Film Highlights Importance of Marine Aquaculture

The Aquarium of the Pacific and Seafood for the Future present a new short film, Perspectives on Marine Aquaculture in California and the U.S. Perspectives on Marine Aquaculture in California and the U.S. is a short film produced by the Aquarium of the Pacific and its Seafood for the Future program…...

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Alltech Launches “My Farm My Future” Contest

Alltech knows producers have a rich story to tell, which is why they’re calling on farmers and ranchers to submit a one-to-two minute video describing how they protect their farm’s future for the “My Farm, My Future” contest. Winners will earn a trip to ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference in…...

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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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SBA Declaration for California Drought

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to California Small Businesses SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Small nonfarm businesses in 26 California counties and a neighboring Nevada county are now eligible to apply for low‑interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. These loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues…...

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Aquaculture Development Committee (ADC) Meeting May 3, 2017

The next Aquaculture Development Committee (ADC) meeting will be held on May 3, 2017. Agenda topics for this meeting are currently being accepted and can be submitted here. To add this meeting and other industry related meetings to your calendar please subscribe to the CAA calendar here (click subscribe button). ADC meeting…...

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Video: Seafood: Good for You, Good for the Planet

Linda Cornish and Rick Moonen recorded this Aquacast at the Aquarium on February 21, 2017. Cornish is executive director of Seafood Nutrition Partnership, and Moonen is a chef, cookbook author, and sustainable seafood advocate. They discuss seafood’s role in human and environmental health and share tips for sourcing and preparing…...

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Omega-3 fatty acids combat health effects of air pollution

Fatty acids like those found in fish could mitigate some of the effects of air pollution on human health, according to research published last month. Increased intake of omega-3 fatty acids lowered inflammation caused by air pollution in mice, and will likely do the same for people, according to the…...

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Leonardo DiCaprio invests in Boulder aquaculture company LoveTheWild

He’s an Oscar-winning actor. He’s an environmental activist. And now, Leonardo DiCaprio is an investor in Boulder food company LoveTheWild. LoveTheWild last month announced the close of a $3 million Series A round, led by Dutch investment firm Aqua-Spark. On Wednesday, the company revealed that DiCaprio was among the remaining…...

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Mexico’s Baja Cali bullish on aquaculture expansion

ENSENADA, Mexico — Baja California, the most northwestern state of Mexico, is working to create a booming aquaculture industry in the coming decade, Matias Arjona Rydalch, the region’s secretary of fisheries and aquaculture of the region, told Undercurrent News during the 2017 Offshore Mariculture Conference last week. Several sources at this year’s…...

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Register Now for the CAA Meeting and Presentations in San Diego on March 29, 2017

Deadline for registrations: March 11, 2017 This event is open to CAA members and their guests. RSVP is REQUIRED. The California Aquaculture Association (CAA) will hold a meeting and presentations at Hubbs SeaWorld Research Institute in San Diego, CA on March 29, 2017. Meeting agenda: 9AM – 11:30AM: CAA Board meeting…...

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Trump seeks 17 percent cut to NOAA budget, elimination of Sea Grant program

U.S. President Donald Trump has a proposed a major reduction in the the budget of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the elimination of the NOAA-managed Sea Grant program, according to media reports. NOAA, the federal agency in charge of fisheries management, weather forecasting, nautical surveys and assisting marine…...

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Catalina Sea Ranch Closes on $2 Million Round of Investment Capital

Catalina Sea Ranch, LLC closed on another $2,000,000 round increasing the total company funding to over $5,000,000. The investment allowed the Company to launch its innovative monitoring program and to purchase buoys, float, ropes and anchors for the construction of its pioneering offshore aquaculture facility. The investment also provided for…...

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Fish farms may be the key to establish increasing CO2 impact and Climate Change

Climate change is altering the sensory systems of fish and can even make them swim towards predators, instead of away from them, a study warns. The research, conducted by marine biologists at the University of Exeter shows that rising CO2 impacts on the brain’s signal processing of fish, thus disrupting…...

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NAA Presents McCraren Awards During Aquaculture America 2017

Courtesy of NAA: The National Aquaculture Association (NAA) presented two Joesph P. McCraren Awards during Aquaculture America for Distinguished Lifetime Contributions and Outstanding Contributions in Promoting the Growth of Aquaculture, respectively. The Awards were created by the NAA in 1997 to honor Joesph P. McCraren.  Mr. McCraren is best remembered…...

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Alltech’s Algae Products Provide Sustainable Fish Oil Alternative

Aquaculture is the fastest-growing segment in the feed industry. According to the 2017 Alltech Global Feed Survey, the aquaculture industry experienced a 12 percent increase in feed production in 2016 to 39.9 million metric tons. Asia maintained its volume and accounts for approximately three-quarters of global production per Alltech’s 2016…...

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Aquarium of the Pacific Lecture Series Seafood: Good for You, Good for the Planet

2/21/17 Aquarium of the Pacific Lecture Series Seafood: Good for You, Good for the Planet Guest Speakers: Barton Seaver and Linda Cornish Tuesday, February 21 7:00 P.M.–8:30 P.M. PT Long Beach CA or via Live Stream Lecture Series Overview: Seafood is a lean protein that is packed with beneficial nutrients, including…...

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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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Ventura Shellfish Enterprise plans model permitting strategy for new growers and re-vitalization of Port

Courtesy of AquacultureMatters.ca.gov: Quoting a recent article in the Ventura County Reporter by Chris O’Neal, “…when a group of entrepreneurial, scientifically minded individuals comes together for a project, big ideas can emerge. Such is the case of the Ventura Shellfish Enterprise — a proposed multiparty project that would allow for…...

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Catalina Sea Ranch Closes on $2M Round of Investment Capital

Catalina Sea Ranch, LLC closed on another $2,000,000 round increasing the total company funding to over $5,000,000. The investment allowed the Company to launch its innovative monitoring program and to purchase buoys, float, ropes and anchors for the construction of its pioneering offshore aquaculture facility.” The investment also provided for…...

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2016 Aquaculture Webinar Series Available

Courtesy of NAA: The U.S. Aquaculture Society (USAS), North Central Regional Aquaculture Center (NCRAC) and National Aquaculture Association (NAA) produced an aquaculture webinar series during 2016 that featured 14 current and timely aquaculture topics presented by knowledgeable speakers. The webinars were: Aquaponics – How to Do It Yourself! Mandatory Inspection…...

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Fish and Game Commission Meeting Agenda: February 8-9, 2017

The agenda for the February 8-9, 2017 meeting of the Fish and Game Commission is available here. Please refer to the agenda for important meeting information, issues, and deadlines. CAA members are asked to please review this agenda and contact us with any questions, comments, or concerns....

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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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When aquaculture grows, so does its economic impact

Farming of finfish, shellfish and plants in fresh and saltwater is the fastest-growing food production sector in the world and it’s growing in Maine, too. From 2007 to 2014, the total economic impact of aquaculture in Maine—including sales revenue, full- and part-time jobs and labor income—nearly tripled from $50 million…...

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CAA Member and Advisor, H. Roy Gordon, Contributes Articles to United Nations FAO Globefish

CAA Member and Advisor, H. Roy Gordon, has begun writing a series of articles on abalone for publications of the United Nations FAO Globefish. Abalone was included for the first time in the 2016 4th quarter issue, which can be read here.  ...

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Collaboration Publishes Report: Next Steps For Offshore Aquaculture In Southern California

US – A joint effort of NOAA, California Sea Grant, and the Aquarium of the Pacific, the report provides recommendations for the growth and expansion of offshore marine aquaculture in Southern California. These include developing a working group for agencies involved in California aquaculture permitting to streamline regulatory decisions. The…...

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NOAA aims to develop aquaculture in federal waters of the Pacific

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is creating a plan to manage commercial fish farms in federal waters, the area of ocean from three to 200 miles offshore, around Hawaii and other Pacific islands. The US government sees aquaculture as a promising solution to feeding a hungry planet, and to…...

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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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Use of Veterinary Feed Directive Drugs in Aquaculture

The United States Aquaculture Society, National Aquaculture Association and North Central Regional Aquaculture Center are offering a free webinar entitled, Use of Veterinary Feed Directive Drugs in Aquaculture. A veterinary feed directive (VFD) is a written statement issued by a licensed veterinarian that authorizes the use of a VFD drug…...

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2017 looking bright for restaurant seafood sales

Seafood restaurants – and those that serve seafood – are expected to perform well in both the United States and the United Kingdom in 2017. “Right now, consumers should be in a pretty good place, with regard to the economy. All of the indicators, including unemployment, are trending positive,” Darren…...

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California Aquaculture Association Board of Directors Election Results

The California Aquaculture Association would like to welcome and congratulate the newly elected Directors to the Board, listed below. Michael Graham, Sustainable Seafood Technologies Jackie Zimmerman, Skretting Mark Drawbridge, Hubbs SeaWorld Research Institute Don Crain, Crain Fisheries Cameron Eglington, Bluebeyond Fisheries Greg Dale, Pacific Seafood Gregg Leonard, Freshwater Fish Company…...

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HSWRI Aquaculture Research Newsletter, Volume 83

A publication of Hubbs SeaWorld Research Institute: In this issue: HSWRI partners with Scripps Institution of Oceanography for Climate Change Research Just for the Halibut – HSWRI and CCA California Collect Broodstock for the Dick Laub Fisheries Replenishment Program   HSWRI partners with Scripps Institution of Oceanography for Climate Change…...

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Column: The future of food looks pretty fishy

Global food demand is on the verge of rising rapidly. One driver of demand, of course, is the continued expansion of the population. As noted by the UN Population Division, the world’s population will exceed 11.2 billion by the year 2100, meaningfully above the current estimate of 7.4 billion. This means that between…...

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What Is Aquaculture And Why Should You Care?

The short answers to the questions in the title are (1) seafood farming, and (2) because aquaculture is the future of food. Aquaculture is an umbrella term that describes seafood farming in all its iterations, including growing saltwater fish and shellfish in the ocean, and freshwater fish in recirculating systems…...

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Want to eat more sustainably? Eat more fish and veg

With starvation and obesity posing two of global society’s most pressing issues, and with a world population that’s forecast to soar to more than 9 billion people by 2050, further intensifying the pressure on precious resources, the current human diet is not sustainable, agreed a panel of experts at the…...

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Broad Coalition Supports Senate’s “California Rebuild” Infrastructure Proposals

CONTACT: Anthony Reyes, 916-651-4024, anthony.reyes@sen.ca.gov Broad Coalition Supports Senate’s “California Rebuild” Infrastructure Proposals SACRAMENTO – A diverse coalition of local elected leaders, advocates and labor representatives are speaking out in support of the Senate’s “California Rebuild” legislative package to reinvest in the state’s critical infrastructure. HOUSING – SB 2 (Atkins)…...

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Fisheries in the U.S. Annual Report

Courtesy of NOAA: Each year NOAA Fisheries compiles key fisheries statistics into an annual snapshot documenting fishing and aquaculture’s importance to the nation. The 2015 Fisheries in the U.S. report shows that the American aquaculture industry produced $1.3 billion worth of seafood in 2014. Marine aquaculture production has been increasing steadily in…...

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How is Coppens reducing the fish in, fish out ratio?

At EuroTier 2016, we hear about innovation at fish feed producer, Coppens, five months after global nutrition company, Alltech, acquired it. Read more and view the video here....

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CAA Member, Santa Barbara Mariculture Featured on TV Show Billion Dollar Buyer

Bernard Friedman of Santa Barbara Mariculture was featured on Billion Dollar Buyer, which recently aired on CNBC. To watch the episode, click here. Additionally, Santa Barbara Mariculture’s lease extension is on the California Fish and Game Commission agenda for December 7-8. If you would like to write the Commission in support…...

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For Sale: Northern California Warmwater Aquaculture Facility

  Summary A fully operational, fully staffed, turnkey warmwater fish farm in northern California is for sale for $2,296,000.00. The farm contains 18 ponds, which are supplied by on-site wells. All required permits for operation of the farm are in place. View additional details below and submit your contact information…...

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California Aquaculture Association Seeking Board of Directors Nominees

The California Aquaculture Association (CAA) is currently seeking nominations for the upcoming Board of Directors election. The duties and responsibilities of CAA Directors are listed below. If you are interested in being considered as a nominee, please respond to info@caaquaculture.org by November, 28th, 2016.   CAA Board of Directors Responsibilities Director…...

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American Idol-Style Contest for Fish-Free Aquaculture Feed

Small oily fish like anchovy, herring and menhaden are the main target of the industrial fishmeal and oil fisheries. Once captured the fish are ground into feed for fertilizers and animal feed, from beef and chicken to salmon and tilapia. Although many of the fish caught by the fishmeal industry…...

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Fish and Game Commission Meeting Agenda: December 7-8, 2016

The agenda for the December 7-8, 2016 meeting of the Fish and Game Commission is available here. Please refer to the agenda for important meeting information, issues, and deadlines. CAA members are asked to please review this agenda and contact us with any questions, comments, or concerns....

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FDA withdraws Proposed Rule to adopt common or usual names for additional crab species

Common or Usual Name of Crabmeat – FDA has withdrawn its April 23, 1998 Proposed Rule to adopt common or usual names for additional crab species in the regulations as it is “… obsolete because FDA has created a new process that allows for routine updates to the seafood names…...

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Aquaculture to play a key role in global protein production

With diminishing habitats, decaying fisheries and an increase in demand for Seafood, aquaculture across the globe is poised to play an important role in the future of food supply. It is unlikely that wild capture fisheries will be able to produce any higher yields in the future. In many parts…...

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The Need for a Blue Revolution

Courtesy of TheHill.com: America needs another revolution. We need a Blue Revolution, to start to grow fish in the open ocean, where they belong. And we should lead the world in this initiative. This is an economic opportunity: we must reverse our $12.9 billion seafood trade deficit. We have the…...

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Sea change: Abalone farming puts rare delicacy back on menus

Before he started cooking it and serving it in his restaurant, abalone was but a sensory flashback for chef Chris Kobayashi. He remembers the rare shellfish more as a taste and texture from his childhood, something his family used to have all the time when it was still abundant in…...

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Fisheries losses from climate change estimated at USD 10 billion, study says

Global warming and ocean acidification are causing a noticeable declines in some fisheries currently and are expected to cause major ecological and financial damage to the world’s fisheries in the future. Fisheries around the world could lose an estimated USD 10 billion (EUR 9.2 billion) in annual revenue by 2050…...

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INJURIOUS WILDLIFE PETITION SUMMARY AND ACTION PLAN

Please click to view the call for action and in-depth summary from NAA concerning a petition submitted to the US Fish and Wildlife Service to list 43 native and nonnative species as Injurious Wildlife.  The petition included species significant to US aquaculture producers including black acara, blue catfish, common carp…...

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Fisheries of the U.S. 2015 Numbers Released – Seafood Consumption up Nearly 1 Pound per Person

NOAA Fisheries has released their Fisheries of the United States, 2015 report, giving a profile of the nation’s fishing and seafood by the numbers. According to this latest report, in addition to strong landings and economic values for U.S. fishermen, the numbers reflect a jump in domestic seafood consumption to 15.5 pounds…...

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Scientists See Aquaculture in America’s Future

LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA —  “We must plant the sea and herd its animals,” the late ocean researcher Jacques Cousteau said more than 40 years ago, “using the sea as farmers instead of hunters.” Scientists who share the vision of thriving fish farms off the California coast met at workshops this…...

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NOAA Sea Grant Releases 10 Year Aquaculture Vision

Courtesy of NAA: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Sea Grant College Program (NSGCP) has released a ten year aquaculture planning document. For nearly 50 years, Sea Grant has invested in the development of sustainable marine and Great Lakes aquaculture businesses. For example, a $26-million investment in aquaculture…...

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Fish Farms Can Be Used to Predict Future Effects of Climate Change

A team of researchers has found that rising levels of carbon dioxide interfere with the sensory systems of fish. As atmospheric carbon dioxide levels continue to increase exponentially, fish may become unable to avoid predators. The team used existing data from the aquaculture industry to study these effects. The details…...

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Farmed seafood becoming first choice of retailers in Japan

Farmed seafood is slowly gaining preeminence in the Japanese retail sector, driven by the changing preferences of the country’s national supermarket chains. Japanese marine aquaculture production volume in 2015 was 1.06 million metric tons, up eight percent from 2014. (The total is still lower than it was in 2013, when…...

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Harmful Algal Blooms and California Fisheries

Click here to view the document, “Framing the Scientific Opportunities on Harmful Algal Blooms and California Fisheries Scientific Insights, Recommendations and Guidance for California” developed by a working group of the Ocean Protection Council Science Advisory Team and California Ocean Science Trust....

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Study: Farm-Raised Fish offers Lowest Overall Environmental Cost for Protein

A detailed assessment of consumers’ most common protein choices shows salmon raised in the ocean have the lowest overall cost to the environment. A new study prepared for the BCSFA byOttawa based RIAS Inc. examines the evidence from life-cycle analyses in the literature on theenvironmental footprint of B.C. farm-raised salmon…...

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Skretting to offer algal oil breakthrough

Please note: Skretting is in the process of securing registration for the product to be included in its feeds, but it is not yet currently available in the US and Canada. Fish oil availability will not limit the aquaculture industry’s growth   Skretting is now able to offer aquaculture feeds containing…...

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CAA Board of Directors Meeting: November 3, 2016

The California Aquaculture Association will be holding a Board of Directors meeting on November 3rd, 2016 at 2:00PM PST. This meeting will be a web/teleconference. Further details to follow. Please contact info@caaquaculture.org with any questions or agenda item requests. What: CAA Board of Directors Meeting When: November 3rd, 2016, 2PM to…...

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Farmed fish could solve pending population crisis, food experts say

MONTEREY – Farmed fish has gotten a bad rap, but it’s the only way the world is going to feed the additional 2.4  billion people expected to be added to the Earth’s population in the next 34 years, experts told a sustainable food conference. With the world’s arable land maxed out and wild…...

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Eric Pedersen, Co-Founder and Director of Pacifico Aquaculture to Host Talks at Humboldt State University

Eric Pedersen, Co-Founder and Director of Pacifico Aquaculture, is coming to his alma mater, Humboldt State University, to give two talks on Friday October 14, 2016. Eric was awarded as the Michael G. Scott Distinguished Lecture by the Department of Fisheries Biology this Fall 2016. View more information below (click to…...

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Video: Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture (JCFA) Hearing, October 4, 2016

On October 4th, 2016, the Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture (JCFA) held a hearing on modern aquaculture in California. The recorded video of this hearing is now available and can be viewed here. To view the agenda and read more about the hearing and reception, click here.  ...

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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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Report: Aquaculture in California has promising future

In a joint press conference on Tuesday, 27 September, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), California Sea Grant, and the Aquarium of the Pacific discussed a report they jointly authored that explores the possibilities for aquaculture in Southern California. The report is the result of two workshops hosted by…...

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Alltech’s looking for entrepreneurs for its new innovation program

Alltech are searching for entrepreneurs to apply to ‘The Pearse Lyons Accelerator’ program, which aims to provide market and development opportunities to agricultural based businesses. The global biotechnology business is seeking to attract inventors and entrepreneurs for the first year of the program, which is named after the founder of the company… Read more…...

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Podcast: Oysters and Ocean Acidification

Courtesy of AquacultureMatters.gov: Dr. Tessa Hill, associate professor at Bodega Marine Labs, joined NPR’s Science Friday program to discuss the challenges facing shellfish aquaculture in the face of rising Ocean Acidification. Listen in to learn more about challenges facing the oyster industry and what scientists, the industry, and policy makers…...

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Fish and Game Commission Meeting Agenda: October 19-20, 2016

The agenda for the October 19-20, 2016 meeting of the Fish and Game Commission is available here. Please refer to the agenda for important meeting information, issues, and deadlines. CAA members are asked to please review this agenda and contact us with any questions, comments, or concerns....

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Webcast: New Report on Aquaculture in Southern California

The Aquarium held a live webcast to announce the release of a new report on offshore aquaculture, or fish farming, in Southern California. The report, issued on September 27 by the Aquarium, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and California Sea Grant, was the result of two workshops convened…...

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JCFA Hearing and CAA Reception, October 4th

The Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture (JCFA) will be holding a hearing in Bodega Bay, CA on October 4th, 2016 followed by a reception and tour of Hog Island Oyster Co. that evening in Marshall, CA. All CAA members are invited and encouraged to attend this event. View the…...

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The government wants more offshore fish farms, but no one is biting

Off the coast of San Diego, America’s eighth largest city, commercial fishermen harvest about 1,100 metric tons of seafood from the Pacific every year. That sounds like a lot. But it isn’t much to Don Kent, who says he can do better with just one fish farm. If Kent gets…...

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Video: CAA Member, Bernard Friedman Featured in Mussel Man Film

Mussel Man follows Bernard Friedman, a farmer who grows mussels off of the coast of Santa Barbara, and the man who may have the answer to the food shortages that we could be facing over the next few decades. However, his unique methods have been blocked by government red tape,…...

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Can farmed fish feed the world sustainably?

The world’s population is expected to soar by 2.5 billion people by 2050, bringing a host of global challenges – including how to feed so many hungry mouths. If projections hold, the global demand for animal protein will double over the next four decades, rising along with pressure to find…...

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Future of Food: Second Course Lecture Series at The Aquarium of the Pacific

The Aquarium of the Pacific’s Seafood for the Future program presents The Future of Food: Second Course, an ongoing series of talks hosted by former Los Angeles Times Food Editor and cookbook author Russ Parsons and featuring experts representing different sectors of the American food system. The Second Course features…...

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Webinar: U.S. Farm-Raised Fish and Shellfish 101

Courtesy of NAA: A Free Webinar for Retailers and Food Service Providers The National Aquaculture Association, North Central Regional Aquaculture Center and United States Aquaculture Society are offering a webinar to help retailers and foodservice providers better understand aquaculture production methods and products, answer consumer questions, and sell more U.S.…...

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Free seafood for all: the case for government subsidies

Doctors should consider diet before drugs and governments should subsidize fish, fruit and vegetables, according to medical experts. Eating a healthier diet could be more beneficial to existing heart patients than them being prescribed drugs such as statins, the consensus in the medical community agrees. These conclusions arise as a…...

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Video: FDA Seafood Labeling Guide

View below the FDA’s guides for correct seafood labeling. Part 1 describes the purpose of labeling; the role and authority of the FDA and some possible reasons why seafood may be mislabeled. Part 2 provides FDA’s specific laws, regulations, and guidance documents relevant to seafood labeling. Part 3 illustrates FDA’s…...

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1st Annual Farm Tank Summit- Sacramento, CA

September 22, 2016, 9:00am – 5:00pm Hyatt Regency Sacramento 1209 L St Sacramento, CA 95814   Food Tank, in partnership with the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau, Farm-to- Fork Program, and University of California- Davis, is excited to announce the 1st annual Farm Tank Conference at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento.…...

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PCSGA: 70th Annual Shellfish Conference and Trade Show October 11 – 14, 2016

The Pacific Shellfish Growers Association (PCSGA) will be holding its annual conference and trade show October 11 – 14, 2016 in Chelan, Washington. For full event details, click here....

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NAA, USAS and NCRAC Aquaculture Webinars Available

Courtesy of NAA: The U.S. Aquaculture Society (USAS), North Central Regional Aquaculture Center (NCRAC) and National Aquaculture Association (NAA) are producing a series of webinars during 2016 that bring together current and timely aquaculture topics and knowledgeable speakers.  A total of 12 webinars are planned and seven have been completed.…...

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Port warms to aquaculture in SD Bay

Imagine San Diego Bay 500 years ago. The native population lived off the land and fished in the bay, river valleys and coastal tidelands — maintaining an environmentally sustainable, self-sufficient society. Today, the bay still sees recreational fishermen lugging their bait and tackle to a handful of piers hoping for…...

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CAA Member, Calitri Technology Introduces New Fish Counters

Calitri Technology specializes in the detection and counting of fish and fry for aquaculture. With more than 25 years’ experience, Calitri Technology designs and manufactures a variety of fish and fry counters. Their new series of fish counters includes (see pictures below): FC2 (2 channels) FC4 (4 channels) FC8 (8channels)…...

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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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Harmful Algal Blooms FAQ

Ocean Science Trust recently announced the release of: Frequently Asked Questions: Harmful Algal Blooms and California Fisheries. The document is designed to serve as a resource to build common understanding across all engaged in this issue, and provide clarity on the State’s current practices (through July 2016) to harmful algal…...

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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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Red Tape Slows Bloom of Seaweed Farming’s Green Revolution

SOUTHOLD, New York – Seaweed cultivation in the U.S. is growing quickly, cresting on its promise as a sustainable, low-impact form of aquaculture that could help feed millions. But tough state rules surrounding commercial use of coastal resources are preventing many would-be entrepreneurs from diving into the market. Fifteen farms…...

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HSWRI Aquaculture Research Newsletter, Volume 81

A publication of Hubbs SeaWorld Research Institute: In this issue: Finfish Health Research at HSWRI SeaWorld’s Rising Tide Conservation Program Expands in Southern California   Finfish Health Research at HSWRI The HSWRI Aquaculture Program’s approach to fish health is a pro-active one. Our fish health program includes: • husbandry and…...

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An opportunity to promote seafood, by Roy Palmer

Palmer: With international support, a fish consumption and nutrition strategy is achievable  I am here in Rome at FAO COFI 32 to make a presentation “Promoting Seafood Consumption: A Tool for Improving Nutrition, Health and Regional Development – Public Policy and Producers effort.” I am indebted to the Mexican government,…...

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Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) Opens Round 1 Funding

Courtesy of AquacultureMatter.gov: The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, hosted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), is now offering competitive grants to qualified small businesses. This program aims to support innovation that tackles scientific problems and local opportunities that can lead to improving communities. Aquaculture projects are encouraged to…...

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Saving Fish By Farming Them

A major turning point in human history was reached in 2014. That was the first year that people ate more farmed fish than wild, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization announced last week in its biennial “The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture” report. We humans still caught more wild fish (measured by weight)…...

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