Ocean Aquaculture News

  • 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 rules - in the making for years - were announced in New ...


    By Associated Press

  • Things to know about marine aquaculture

    Some 90 percent of seafood consumed by Americans is imported, yet the Obama administration's push to expand U.S. marine aquaculture into federal waters has failed to see one offshore farm in operation, nearly two years after the first permit was issued. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is pushing for marine aquaculture production in the U.S. to jump by 50 percent by 2020. The ...


    By Associated Press

  • FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries celebrates 20-year anniversary

    Twenty years after its birth, FAO’sCode of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries shared a moment in the limelight with ministers, researchers and leaders in the fisheries industry at the first International Fisheries Stakeholders Forum that opened in Vigo, Spain, today.  "The Code of Conduct has been an unmitigated success, because it captures ...

  • Aker BioMarine secures sustainable future for krill in the Antarctic Southern Ocean

    The Aker BioMarine’s Antarctic krill fishery has been recertified against the world’s most robust standard for environmentally sustainable fishing. A rigorous, third party assessment has shown that the Antarctic based ...

  • UN Conference on Small Island Developing States opens in Samoa

    A renewed political commitment to tackle the many unique, sustainable development challenges facing the world's small island states, is expected to be the most important outcome of a United Nations conference that opened in Samoa today. The Third International Conference on Small Developing States (SIDS) from 1-4 September in Apia, Samoa also seeks to build partnerships aimed at addressing issues ...

  • Fisheries: Urgent action needed on overfishing, pollution and climate change

    FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva opened a meeting of the world's only inter-governmental forum on fisheries and aquaculture issues, calling for urgent action to address climate change and other threats to sustainable fisheries and fish stocks. FAO's Committee on Fisheries (COFI) opened its 9-13 June session to ...

  • Summit commits to concrete actions to turn around ocean health and secure food security for millions of people

    A summit that brought together more than 600 ocean stakeholders – including 80 ministers from across the world, ocean science experts, business leaders, philanthropists and heads of international organizations – committed to a set of concrete actions responding to the urgency for restoring productive, resilient oceans that drive broad-based blue growth and deliver food ...

  • Time for a sea change in ocean management – FAO Director-General

    Major changes in how the planet's marine resources are managed and used are needed to safeguard global food security and ensure the wellbeing of coastal and island countries, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva told a group of high level policymakers meeting here today. "We cannot keep using marine and aquatic resources as if they were endless. And we cannot keep using our oceans ...

  • Prince Edward Island lobster fishery enters MSC full assessment

    The Prince Edward Island (PEI) lobster fishery, located in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada, has entered into independent, third-party assessment against the global, science-based Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification program. The fishery client includes the PEI Fishermen’s Association, the PEI Seafood Producers Association, the Abegweit First Nation and the Lennox Island First ...

  • Commission aims to draw attention to deteriorating oceans

    The Global Ocean Commission, a new independent body of politicians, businessmen, development experts and scientists, will meet for the first time next month, in Cape Town, South Africa, to start work on proposing the sustainable use of the oceans' natural resources. The commission will analyse the major threats to the ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • New Esri Ocean Industry Manager Takes the Helm

    REDLANDS, Calif., Feb. 14, 2013/PRNewswire/ -- Esri has hired Drew Stephensto expand the market for GIS within the ocean industry. Esri, the world leader in GIS, has accelerated the development of its ocean technologies via the Esri Ocean GIS ...


    By Esri

  • UBC researchers help score ocean health

    The health of the world's oceans received a score of 60 out of 100 from a team of international scientists, including fisheries researchers at the University of British Columbia. The team undertook the first global quantitative assessment of ocean health and created the Ocean Health Index (http://oceanhealthindex.org), published today in the journal Nature. To ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Rising ocean acidity worst for Caribbean and Pacific

    The current trend of increasing ocean acidification, which threatens fisheries around the world, is driven mainly by man-made changes and is higher even than that seen at the end of the last ice age, some 11,000 year ago, a study has said. Much of the carbon released by human activity ends up in the oceans, increasing their acidity and reducing the growth of corals and molluscs, which in turn ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • AgriMarine Announces Warrant Exercise Incentive Program

    AgriMarine Holdings Inc. (TSX VENTURE: FSH)(OTCQX: AGMHF)(PINK SHEETS: AGMHF)(FRANKFURT: A2G) (the "Company" or "AgriMarine"), the leader in floating solid-wall containment technology and production for sustainable aquaculture, announces the implementation of a warrant exercise incentive program (the "Incentive Program") intended to encourage the exercise of up to 11,320,510 outstanding common ...


    By Marketwire

  • Iceland Ocean Cluster Maps Country's Network of Ocean-Related Businesses

    Iceland's heavy reliance on the ocean and its resources makes it critical to identify and quantify the value of these resources for all future planning and policy making. The Iceland Ocean Cluster, a group consisting of leaders of ocean-related businesses in Iceland, today announced that it has begun to map a network of Icelandic firms to foster cooperation among seafood and other ...


    By Marketwire

  • Ten-point plan to save the oceans

    The world has made lacklustre progress in meeting most of the commitments it made 20 years ago to safeguard the oceans, says a new UN report. At the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, agreements were made on issues such as sustainable  fisheries and aquaculture, ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Africa`s mollusc stocks at risk from ocean acidification

    Fishermen in Haiti and some African countries could lose their livelihoods as ocean acidification causes a decline in mollusc populations, a study has found. Human industrial activities release carbon dioxide, which dissolves in sea water, increasing its acidity. This higher acidity damages the mollusc stocks on ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Ocean acidification threatens fisheries, says UNEP

    The oceans are acidifying at probably the fastest rate for 65 million years — with unknown implications for the three billion people who depend on fish for protein, a report released at the 2010 UN Climate Change Conference (COP 16), in Mexico has said. Rising CO2 emissions, a quarter of which eventually dissolve in the oceans to produce carbonic acid, have caused a 30 per cent drop in ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Acidification may push already over-stressed Oceans into the red

    Rising C02 Concentrations Could Have Increasing Impacts on Key Fisheries and the Billions Depending Upon Them. The future impact of rising emissions on the health of seas and oceans may be far more wide-ranging and complex than was previously supposed, a new report released at the UN climate convention meeting in Mexico says. The study, entitled the Environmental Consequences of Ocean ...

  • Extending responsible fisheries management to the ocean deeps

    On the first-ever UN World Oceans Day FAO has published a set of technical guidelines aimed at helping the fisheries sector reduce its impacts on fragile deep-sea fish species and ecosystems. The guidelines provide a framework that countries can use, individually and in the context of regional fisheries management organizations, to manage deep sea fisheries (DSF) in high-seas areas outside of ...

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