Salmon Breeding News

  • Iceland salmon debate ‘too angry’

    THERE was far too much prejudice surrounding the debate on salmon farming, Iceland’s fisheries minister Kristján Þór Júlíusson, has said. He was speaking before the start of a seminar in Reykjavik on agreeing new genetic risk assessments affecting farmed and wild salmon stocks – a forum which attracted more than 100 participants. Iceland’s ...


    By FISHupdate

  • Iceland MPs on Norway fact finder

    AS Iceland gears up to expand its aquaculture sector, a group from the country’s parliament, the Althingi, has just completed a fact finding mission to study how the Norwegians successfully developed their own industry. Eleven members of the parliamentary employment committee had been in Bergen for the North Atlantic Seafood Forum (NASF) last week and, after sitting in at the various ...


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  • US gives GM salmon ‘all clear’

    THE word’s first genetically modified salmon can now be farmed in the US, following a decision by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to lift its final restrictions. AquaBounty Technologies, which is based in Prince Edward Island, Canada, described the decision as a milestone for its AquaAdvantage salmon. The company can now go ahead with its farming operations at a land based RAS ...


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  • New salmon egg site opens

    A NEW salmon egg facility in Norway will help supply the global market with biosecure eggs all year round. The £40 million plant, based in Salten and owned by Benchmark Holdings, is a land based unit and the most modern salmon egg production site in the world, said the company. The new facility will increase Benchmark’s capacity by 75 per cent. The company currently outsources part of ...


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  • The Hidden Cost of Salmon Farming

    While salmon is now an affordable staple in most supermarkets it wasn’t that long ago that fresh salmon was reserved for special occasions and celebrations. With the growth of salmon farming, it is now available everywhere at very reasonable prices.  As the financial cost has dropped over the years the environmental cost is now becoming of great concern. Salmon has come down in price ...

  • Starts a breeding program for lumpfish

    Namdal Rensefisk and AquaGen has today signed an agreement for the establishment and running of a breeding program for lumpfish. AquaGen is responsible for developing a genetically improved breeding material, and Namdal Rensefisk will produce offspring with features that are better adapted to the farming conditions and their function as a delouser of salmon. The results so far show great ...


    By AQUAGENICS INCORPORATED

  • The gene for sexual maturation in salmon is found

    The discovery of the gene that controls sexual maturation in female and male salmon provides new effective methods of controlling sexual maturation in farmed salmon. The new knowledge will also be of great importance in the management of wild salmon stocks. Maturation in salmon reduces growth, fillet quality and activity of the immune system. This leads to poor fish welfare and downgrading of ...


    By AQUAGENICS INCORPORATED

  • How geosynthetic lining improves aquaculture industry

    Living in the high desert of Northern Nevada, the folks at International Lining Technology are hundreds of miles from the nearest ocean. But an article in Geosynthetica, “Geosynthetic Lining Systems in Fish Farming,” caught our attention as we were catching up on the other news such as the passage of the U.S. ...

  • What`s for dinner? Genetically engineered salmon OK`d by FDA

    What's for dinner? Before long, it may well be genetically modified salmon, the first such altered animal cleared for human consumption in the United States. Critics call it "frankenfish," but the Food and Drug Administration granted its approval on Thursday, saying the faster-growing salmon is safe to eat. It could be available in a couple of years. "There are no biologically relevant ...


    By Associated Press

  • Can managed introductions boost threatened populations?

    Supplementing declining salmon populations with fish from other, genetically distinct populations may not be the best method of conservation, according to a recent study. The researchers found that for certain salmon populations in France such introductions resulted in offspring with lower body weight and length, possibly worsening their decline. Some previous studies have found that ...

  • Fishermen, Communities need More than Healthy Fish Stocks

    The Alaska salmon fishery is touted as one of the best in the world. When measured with an ecological yardstick, it is – fish stocks are healthy and the fishery is certified by the Marine Stewardship Council as consistently meeting rigorous biological standards. Fish are individually counted as they swim upstream to ensure there are enough to breed. But Alaska salmon falls behind some of ...

  • Xelect awarded Smart: Scotland Funding

    February 2014 Scottish Enterprise have awarded Xelect Ltd a SMART: SCOTLAND grant to develop genetic tests for selecting broodstock Atlantic salmon with superior production traits for farming . The production traits being targeted are growth rate, yield, flesh quality and nutritional value. The proposed feasibility study will allow Xelect Ltd to build on its market leading position in the ...


    By Xelect Ltd.

  • Engineered salmon may be a tough sell

    Don't expect to find genetically modified salmon - or any other engineered fish or meat - on store shelves anytime soon. The Obama administration has stalled for more than four years on deciding whether to approve a fast-growing salmon that would be the first genetically modified animal approved for human consumption. During that time, opponents of the technology have taken advantage of ...


    By Associated Press

  • Salmon and sea trout close season on Hampshire rivers starts today

    The Environment Agency is reminding anglers that today (Thursday 31 October) sees the start of the close season for salmon and sea trout fishing in Hampshire. This means that rivers such as the Lymington, Meon, Test and Itchen will close to anglers who traditionally fish for either of these species. The fishing season for salmon runs from 17 January until 2 October and the season for Sea Trout ...

  • Further arrests in Durham illegal fishing operation

    Two more people have been arrested in Durham city centre as part of a continuing crack-down on illegal fishing. Environment Agency officers and Durham Police last night (Tuesday 17 September) swooped on Framwellgate, on the River Wear, where they seized eight migratory fish, two fishing rods and a large amount of illegal equipment. The surveillance activities are being carried out as part of ...

  • Seven arrested in Durham illegal fishing crackdown

    Seven people were arrested on Tuesday (10 September) for illegal fishing activities on the River Wear in Durham city centre, as part of an operation led by the Environment Agency. After receiving intelligence that illegal fishing and the poaching of salmon was taking place in this area, the Environment Agency’s fisheries enforcement team arranged the overnight crackdown. With assistance ...

  • Salmon Watch: Fish crime crackdown aims to protect Solent salmon stocks

    The Environment Agency is launching a new initiative to protect Solent salmon stocks and is calling on the public and businesses to help play a major role in safeguarding their future. The new Salmon Watch campaign is part of the Environment Agency’s ongoing crackdown against fish theft and illegal angling. Since a previous anti-poaching campaign was launched across Hampshire in October ...

  • Animal reproduction research to transform industry

    Being able to produce more animals of the desirable sex to re-stock the herd, pond or sea cage has been a long-held goal of industry, as have cost effective and welfare-friendly ways to control unwanted animal pregnancies. Thanks to new research being undertaken by an international partnership led by CSIRO, these goals are set to become reality. According to CSIRO’s Food Futures Flagship ...

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