ANALYSIS - South Korea's Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries has reported that, for the first time, the country has successfully farmed 500 tons of salmon at a facility in Goseong County (Gangwon Province).
In the past, the country has struggled to farm salmon due to warm ocean temperatures, often exceeding 29°C in the summer.
To overcome the setbacks, a fisheries company hatched salmon eggs imported from Canada in 2014, and raised them for 10 months at its aquafarm located in inland waters.
After growing to 200 – 400 grams in size, in March 2015 the fish were moved to sea cages in Goseong that were placed 25 metres deep in order to be in 15–18°C water all year round.
In other news, a new project is underway to boost average fish production in Cambodia’s rice field fisheries by 50 kilograms per hectare per year, equivalent to an additional output of 100,000 metric tons per year.
The project will also strengthen targeted communities’ abilities to adapt to climate change risks.
The “Feed the Future Cambodia Rice Field Fisheries Phase II” project is implemented by WorldFish through grants provided by USAID and funding from the US Feed the Future Initiative.
In Cambodia, almost all rural households depend on rice field fisheries (RFF) – the fishing that mainly occurs in and around flooded rice fields during the wet season from May to November – as a “free” nutritious food source.
Also this week, following eight years of development, the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) has now completed its Seriola and Cobia aquaculture standard for sustainable production.
“The completion of the Seriola and Cobia standard allows the ASC to get ever closer to our ultimate goal of transforming global aquaculture to a more sustainable basis,” said Chris Ninnes, CEO of ASC.
“This standard is a testament to the hundreds of professionals who joined in the Dialogue and gave of their time and expertise throughout this extensive process. We are pleased to have worked with them to deliver a standard that will protect the environment and help farmers, workers, and local communities.”