ISA crisis in Chile cost industry US$ 2 billion & 20,000 jobs …”there are still important issues to address” – World Bank report

A June 2014 report entitled ‘Reducing Risk in Aquaculture’ is the result of an international effort led by the Responsible Aquaculture Foundation (an independent public goods organization established by the Global Aquaculture Alliance) and the World Bank to analyze and draw practical lessons from the experiences of aquaculture disease outbreaks in Chile, Vietnam, Madagascar and Mozambique for the benefit of stakeholders throughout the aquaculture industry. The report dedicates an entire chapter (Chapter 2: pp9-33) to the ISA crisis in Chile and the lessons to be learned… Another chapter is dedicated to a case study of the EMS outbreaks in Vietnam, one to shrimp white spot syndrom virus outbreak in Madagascar and Mozambique.

Reducing Risks in Aquaculture - World Bank June 2014

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Marine Conservation Order introduced for South Arran: 1st time Marine (Scotland) Act 2010 powers have been used

An urgent Marine Conservation Order (MCO) is being brought in to protect fragile ecosystems in the South Arran area of the Firth of Clyde, the Scottish Government announced Tuesday (September 30, 2014).
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RUSSIA considering 1.3 billion ruble state support for national aquaculture industry in 2015

Additional financing for the development of aquaculture in Russia could total 1.3 billion rubles in 2015 (US$ ~32.8 million), First Deputy Agriculture Minister Igor Manylov said at a round table on the development of the fisheries sector in Leningrad Region last week (September 25, 2014), according to the InterFax news agency. Continue reading RUSSIA considering 1.3 billion ruble state support for national aquaculture industry in 2015

MOUTH to mouth… U.S. EPA proposes to eliminate mercury pollution from dentist offices nationwide

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced last week (September 25, 2014) a proposal to eliminate mercury pollution from dental offices nationwide. These new Clean Water Act standards would cut discharges of dental amalgam – a mixture of mercury and other metals that dentists use to fill cavities. About half the mercury that enters public water treatment systems comes from dental offices that do not use amalgam separators. When mercury from amalgam is discharged into water bodies, it can be transformed into methylmercury, a highly toxic form of mercury that builds up in fish, shellfish and fish-eating animals. People can be harmed by methylmercury when they eat contaminated fish and shellfish. Methylmercury is a neurotoxin which impairs brain and nervous system development and function.
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Australian salmon farm belonging to Petuna nets BAP certification

Petuna Aquaculture Pty. Ltd.’s Atlantic salmon farm site in Davenort, Tasmania, Australia, has earned Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification, the Global Aquaculture Alliance announced today (September 30, 2014).
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Harmful algal bloom reported at Marine Harvest Canada salmon farm: 280,000 market-size salmon feared lost

Marine Harvest Canada (MHC) – the leading salmon aquaculture company in British Columbia – said Monday (September 29, 2014) it is estimating a loss of up to 280,000 fish of an average weight of 4.1 kilograms due to a harmful algal bloom (HAB) at Marsh Bay near Port Hardy, BC. The harmful algae, Heterosigma akashiwo, are common plankton known to kill salmon. 
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‘HALF of global wildlife lost over past 40 years’ – WWF’s 10th edition of ‘The Living Planet Report’

Washington, DC – Monday, September 29: Between 1970 and 2010 populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish around the globe dropped 52 percent, says the 2014 Living Planet Report released today by World Wildlife Fund (WWF). This biodiversity loss occurs disproportionately in low-income countries—and correlates with the increasing resource use of high-income countries.

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MARICAL & Europharma sue Cooke Aquaculture over alleged patent infringements

A Portland (Maine, USA) biotechnology firm – MariCal Inc. – and Europharma AS in Norway and its BC subsidiary – have filed a lawsuit against Cooke Aquaculture Inc. alleging patent infringements by the New Brunswick/Canada-headquartered firm. Continue reading MARICAL & Europharma sue Cooke Aquaculture over alleged patent infringements

ADD  dolphins to the list of magnetosensitive animals, French researchers say

Dolphins are indeed sensitive to magnetic stimuli, as they behave differently when swimming near magnetized objects. So says Dorothee Kremers and her colleagues at Ethos unit of the Université de Rennes in France, in a study in Springer’s journal Naturwissenschaften – The Science of Nature. Continue reading ADD  dolphins to the list of magnetosensitive animals, French researchers say

‘POLL’ in Oregon: “Are you ready to accept farm-raised salmon as nearly equivalent to wild caught?”

The (Oregon) Portland Business Journal is currently running (since Sept. 29, 2014) a ‘poll’ amongst it readers as to whether or not… they are ‘ready to accept farm-raised salmon as nearly equivalent to wild caught?’ Continue reading ‘POLL’ in Oregon: “Are you ready to accept farm-raised salmon as nearly equivalent to wild caught?”

LEADING experts & policymakers meet to form action plan to stop rapid degradation of world’s seas & oceans

Plastic debris in the ocean, collapsing fish stocks, ocean acidification, and the destruction of carbon rich mangroves, are just some of the topics that will be hotly debated today (September 29, 2014) at the 16th Global Meeting of the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans, as policymakers and leading scientists convene to form a new roadmap for the conservation and sustainable use of the world’s increasingly threatened oceans. Continue reading LEADING experts & policymakers meet to form action plan to stop rapid degradation of world’s seas & oceans

TROPICAL fish a “major threat” to Mediterranean Sea ecosystems; Becoming dominant off Turkey and Greece

The tropical rabbitfish which have devastated algal forests in the eastern Mediterranean Sea pose a major threat to the entire Mediterranean basin if their distribution continues to expand as the climate warms, a new study warns. Continue reading TROPICAL fish a “major threat” to Mediterranean Sea ecosystems; Becoming dominant off Turkey and Greece

Biological effects & chemical measurements in Irish marine waters – Final Report Published

The final report for “Biological Effects and Chemical Measurements in Irish Marine Waters” has just been published after four years of collaborative research led by Trinity College Dublin in partnership with the Marine Institute, Shannon Aquatic Toxicity Laboratory (Enterprise Ireland) and Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland’s Marine Institute announced today (September 29, 2014).

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HYATT Hotels commits to over half of their seafood to be ASC & MSC-certified sourced by 2018; WWF partnership

As part of the effort to responsibly source more than 50% of their seafood by 2018, Hyatt will work towards purchasing more than 15% of its supply from Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certified farms and Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries. This is the first phase of a long-term seafood sustainability strategy in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). 

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ICES Annual Science Conference: Lead authors key findings on climate change, presentations now online

Four presentations from the 5th assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) were highlighted at September’s ICES Annual Science Conference (ASC) in A Coruña, Spain, and are now available online.
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Avoiding unnecessary interference of hydrocarbon exploratory activities on fishing activities; EU welcomes NAFO’s commitment to ‘sustainability, science, and control’

The European Commission has welcomed Monday (September 29) the outcomes of the 36th Annual Meeting of the North Atlantic Fisheries Organisation (NAFO) held in Vigo, Spain, from 22 to 26 September 2014. Continue reading Avoiding unnecessary interference of hydrocarbon exploratory activities on fishing activities; EU welcomes NAFO’s commitment to ‘sustainability, science, and control’

GSI organizes International Seminar “Pathway to Sustainability II” at AquaSur 2014 – October 23

The Global Salmon Initiative (GSI) has organized an International Seminar “Pathway to Sustainability II” – by invitation only at AquaSur 2014, in Puerto Montt,  Chile next month.   Continue reading GSI organizes International Seminar “Pathway to Sustainability II” at AquaSur 2014 – October 23

‘HEALTHY ecosystems key to better food security’; UN Agencies Unite to implement new sustainable food systems programme

Last Wednesday (24 September 2014) in New York the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that is set to ensure better support for the functioning of critical ecosystem services that underlie food security. “Healthy ecosystems are the lifeblood of food security, especially in developing countries, where a majority of people are supported directly by the land, seas and oceans,” said Achim Steiner, UNEP’s Executive Director and UN Under-Secretary-General. Continue reading ‘HEALTHY ecosystems key to better food security’; UN Agencies Unite to implement new sustainable food systems programme

Alaska seafood processor UniSea settles with EPA re. chemical risk management planning violations; “Risk management planning saves people’s lives”

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has settled with UniSea, Inc., an Alaska seafood processor, for alleged violations of the federal Clean Air Act Risk Management Program. Continue reading Alaska seafood processor UniSea settles with EPA re. chemical risk management planning violations; “Risk management planning saves people’s lives”