Category Archives: Closed Contained/ Land-based/RAS

BRITISH COLUMBIA: Level 2 Wet Lab needed in Campbell River to investigate the risk of pathogen transfer between wild & farmed salmon

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GM Salmon in Canada: Quebec GMO-watchers identify two seafood importers who allegedly imported 4.5t of transgenic salmon sold unlabelled to consumers

Continue reading GM Salmon in Canada: Quebec GMO-watchers identify two seafood importers who allegedly imported 4.5t of transgenic salmon sold unlabelled to consumers

EXPANSION: Marine Harvest Scotland opens new salmon hatchery at Inchmore & new feed plant in Kyleakin to start production in Autumn

Continue reading EXPANSION: Marine Harvest Scotland opens new salmon hatchery at Inchmore & new feed plant in Kyleakin to start production in Autumn

FDA approves first U.S. facility for commercial production of GM/GE AquAdvantage Salmon: 1200t p.a. capacity land-based contained facility near Albany, Indiana

Continue reading FDA approves first U.S. facility for commercial production of GM/GE AquAdvantage Salmon: 1200t p.a. capacity land-based contained facility near Albany, Indiana

SENATE votes in favour of phasing out Atlantic salmon farming in Washington State by 2025; BC repercussions…

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RAS: Japan firm seeks to spawn salmon farm revolution; “Supply is not catching up with the growing demand”

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SCOTTISH Parliament inquiry: Views sought on Review of Environmental Impact of Salmon Farming SAMS report content

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Environment Tasmania releases report card on innovation performance from Australia’s big three salmon producers

Continue reading Environment Tasmania releases report card on innovation performance from Australia’s big three salmon producers

28 aquaculture hatcheries are instrumental in Alaska’s salmon fisheries enhancement programme; ADF&G 2016 report figures

Continue reading 28 aquaculture hatcheries are instrumental in Alaska’s salmon fisheries enhancement programme; ADF&G 2016 report figures

FLOATING closed containment system: Cermaq applies for 13 development licenses for FlexiFarm, ‘addresses multi-stakeholder concerns’

Continue reading FLOATING closed containment system: Cermaq applies for 13 development licenses for FlexiFarm, ‘addresses multi-stakeholder concerns’

NEW Scottish Salmon Think-Tank pro-closed contained salmon farming group; “will continue finding fault with bad planning applications”

Continue reading NEW Scottish Salmon Think-Tank pro-closed contained salmon farming group; “will continue finding fault with bad planning applications”

R&D: Cermaq focus on technologies for advanced controlling of farming “including closed systems on shore and in the ocean”

Continue reading R&D: Cermaq focus on technologies for advanced controlling of farming “including closed systems on shore and in the ocean”

AQUAPONICS: World’s largest (720 acres) facility opens: 2 million lbs of fish & vegetables p.a. & first indoor RAS Atl. salmon farm in USA

Continue reading AQUAPONICS: World’s largest (720 acres) facility opens: 2 million lbs of fish & vegetables p.a. & first indoor RAS Atl. salmon farm in USA

MISMATCH in Seafood Watch’s ‘Salmon’ recommendations: No mention/highlight of ASC-certified salmon being ‘at least’ equivalent to ‘good alternative’ in Overview

Continue reading MISMATCH in Seafood Watch’s ‘Salmon’ recommendations: No mention/highlight of ASC-certified salmon being ‘at least’ equivalent to ‘good alternative’ in Overview

SEAFOOD Watch upgrades farmed Atl. salmon from BC but still RED-lists most of Chile, Scottish & Norwegian salmon & makes no mention of ASC-status…

Continue reading SEAFOOD Watch upgrades farmed Atl. salmon from BC but still RED-lists most of Chile, Scottish & Norwegian salmon & makes no mention of ASC-status…

TARS 2017: Looking at aquaculture’s growth potential in Asia: “safe and sustainable produced fish … requires new types of feeds” – BioMar

Continue reading TARS 2017: Looking at aquaculture’s growth potential in Asia: “safe and sustainable produced fish … requires new types of feeds” – BioMar

CLOSED-contained aquaculture leads to (sea)food with less carbon footprint? Please consider full footprint & provide full data before making claims…

An August 27, 2017, video published on the BBC News website makes interesting viewing because of the claim made that Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS) may “cut down the carbon footprint of eating seafood”. This is a claim too often recirculated without provision of the full data.

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Closed-contained aquaculture / RAS is indeed and absolutely a concept with great potential (not least the potential  for aquaponics & food security  in most urban & rural homes in the long-term) but the ‘lower carbon footprint’ argument will only gain validity & credibility if/when all the inputs are considered: namely, the energy & GHGe involved in the massive amount of materials & energy use required.

Lowering ‘food miles’ is great, but not so great if done at the expense of increasing concrete and PVC/plastic/aluminium usage (the cement industry is “one of the primary producers of carbon dioxide”).

Lowering ‘food miles’ is great, but not so great if done at the expense of increasing concrete and PVC/plastic/aluminium usage (the cement industry is “one of the primary producers of carbon dioxide”). Not taking into account all the energy requirements & footprints of RAS in making sustainability claims would equate to considering the sustainability of ‘conventional’ aquaculture without (for example) its feed or biodiversity footprints: something which — everybody agrees – would not make sense.

For comparison sakes, both closed-contained and open-pen aquaculture industries need to measure/assess the environmental – and social / human rights – ‘costs’ of all inputs (including those going into the making of their equipment & facilities) via Lifecycle Analysis (LCA) methodologies. This is also valid for other industries (agriculture, wind energy, etc.). Seafood Intelligence‘s last ‘Top 100 Seafood Firms’ Transparency Benchmark highlighted among many others that only 9% of the world’s top seafood companies communicate on  LCA studies/dimension when it comes to fish feed and/or transport-of-seafood-to-market (and much less than 9% provided data)…

Until all energy inputs necessary in the production of a particular good/service are considered, it can be preposterous to make some of those carbon footprint claims.

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The world’s first [closed-contained] GM salmon (consumed unwittingly by some Canadians in H1 2017) by AquaBounty which controversially claims to be “The World’s Most Sustainable Salmon” was produced in Panama (!) before being transported to Canada which already possesses ample wild-caught and farmed salmon resources. Where was the ‘smallest environmental footprint’ and which was the ‘most sustainable salmon’ then?!

Until companies become transparent and fully communicate in a timely & thir party-assured fashion on their sustainability performance, many claims to be found on the internet/in the media can be construed as greenwashing / bluewashing…

#Aquaculture #CSR, #Sustainability #CarbonFootprint #SeafoodEthics

See the BBC News video here: http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-us-canada-40927488/it-s-seafood-but-there-s-no-sea-required