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Tilapia standard showcases continuing growth of aquaculture

Posted by on Sep 21, 2014 in WorldNews | 0 comments

The first farmed fish certified under a standard backed by one of the world’s biggest conservation groups hits the market today, showcasing the continued rise in the importance of aquaculture, or fish farming. Today the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) announced that tilapia from Indonesia have become the first fish to meet its standards. The council was set up in 2009 by the Dutch sustainable-trade group IDH and the conservation group WWF. The announcement that some tilapia farms have gained ASC certification — which should allow their products to be sold at a higher price to environmentally conscious consumers — comes amid criticism from some quarters of sustainable standards for wild fish. For today’s launch, only a handful of Indonesian tilapia farms have been awarded the ASC certification for their fish. But the involvement of major conservation non-governmental organizations in...

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Fish consumption up

Posted by on Sep 21, 2014 in WorldNews | 0 comments

By Kabeer Yousuf — MUSCAT — The growing consumption of fish in the world in general and the region in particular is a concern and needs to be addressed, according to a report on aquaculture issued recently. Worldwide humans ate 130.8 million tonnes of fish last year. The remaining 23.2 million tonnes of fish went to non-food uses such as fishmeal, fish oil, culture, bait, and pharmaceuticals. The human consumption figure has increased 14.4 per cent over the last five years. And consumption of farmed fish has risen ten-fold since 1970, at an annual average of 6.6 per cent per year. Asia consumes two thirds of the fish. In Oman alone tonnes of fish is caught annually and majority is consumed domestically, while the rest is exported. The government has recently introduced export control over some of the traditional...

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Aquaculture Investments Improved Production in 2011

Posted by on Sep 21, 2014 in WorldNews | 0 comments

MEXICO – According to the CONAPESCA 2011 Aquaculture Production report, shrimp and tilapia together amounted to 180,950 tonnes, followed by oysters, carp, trout, tuna, catfish, chub and bass, among other commercial species contributing to the remaining 83,000 tonnes of domestic production. The Federal Government has provided support for strengthening the productive and competitive sectors of aquaculture to make it more attractive to national and international markets. The CONAPESCA invested in 2011 more than 20 million in the development of technological innovation in the fields of aquaculture and mariculture in Mexico to diversify production. Within this activity, mariculture is certainly an important growth area for food production, because it is a medium with great potential for the production of marine and freshwater fish such as cobia, croaker, scallops, snapper, mackerel and geoduck. Three projects also emphasise crop and snapper production...

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Aquaculture-growth-The-double-edged-sword

Posted by on Sep 21, 2014 in WorldNews | 0 comments

With fish consumption rates soaring and wild fishing stagnating, efforts must be pumped into the sustainable growth of aquaculture, a new report suggests Read more gor to source:...

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Repairing aquaculture’s Achilles’ heel

Posted by on Sep 21, 2014 in WorldNews | 0 comments

UM researchers develop plant-based fish feed to ease pressure on world’s fisheries As fish farming grows to feed a world hungry for protein, there’s a hitch — the seas are being scoured of the little wild fish to feed the big captive ones destined for the dinner table. Researchers in Baltimore think they may have hit upon a remedy, one that moves aquaculture closer to truly being sustainable. Working at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology, a branch of the University System of Maryland, scientists have developed a plant-based fish food that even finny meat eaters like striped bass gobble up The fish raised on such a nearly vegetarian diet also are healthier to eat, they say, with fewer of the worrisome chemical contaminants that show up in wild or even many farm-raised fish. “You can raise fish,...

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Farmed Fish Float (Almost) Free In Clever Geodesic Domes

Posted by on Sep 21, 2014 in WorldNews | 0 comments

Until recently, only a fraction of the world’s calories originated in farmed fish, but today it’s increasingly common. Aquaculture is an industry on the rise, and it’s increasingly a process that has more in common with your average agribusiness feedlot than it does with life in the great outdoors. Cages tethered to the shoreline can incur injuries to both fish and fish-farmers alike, and near-shore cages can collect waste on the sea floor, creating conditions ripe for disease. Which is to say, today’s aquaculture is often as polluting as it is inhumane. Steve Page, the president of Ocean Farm Technologies, wants to change all that. His Aquapod Net Pen is a far cry from the kind of offshore fish-feedlots that resemble submerged trampolines. They are, rather, an environment that gives fish some room to move in the open ocean,...

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