ANALYSIS - San Diego may soon become home to the US's largest fish farm. The environmentally sustainable aquaculture project will produce 5,000 metric tonnes of fish a year and is the first farm of this scale to be built in federal waters.
With a vision of feeding future generations in harmony with the ocean, the Rose Canyon Fisheries aquaculture project is a partnership between Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute (HSWRI) and Cuna del Mar (CdM), a private equity fund dedicated to developing sustainable aquaculture.
The aquaculture project will be built 4.5 miles off San Diego's coast and when fully operational will annually produce 5,000 metric tons (MT) of yellowtail jack, white seabass and striped bass.
In fisheries news, no action was taken at the latest Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission Northern Committee meeting in Japan to help save the Pacific bluefin tuna.
According to the Pew Charitable Trusts, the meeting made no progress towards either the short term measures needed to help the population recovery, or towards long-term measures necessary to rebuild the species to healthy levels.
“Unfortunately, the only outcome of this week’s meeting is a guarantee that the Pacific bluefin tuna population will decline even further because of the continued inaction of ten governments responsible for the management of this species,” said Amanda Nickson, director of global tuna conservation for The Pew Charitable Trusts.
In the UK, Scientists at the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) and the University of Exeter have examined fisheries survey logbooks from the 1930s to 1950s, revealing how cod stocks responded to changing temperatures in the last century.