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TheFishSite Newsletter - 8 September 2009

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Tuesday 8th September 2009
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Editorial - New Aquaculture Policy in the US Already Criticised

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has announced its intent to develop a comprehensive national policy for sustainable marine aquaculture in the coming months.

NOAA says the policy will provide a framework for addressing aquaculture activity in federal waters. Marine aquaculture is the cultivation of marine organisms, such as finfish and shellfish, that are consumed by Americans on a daily basis.

The national policy also will provide context for the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for Regulating Offshore Aquaculture in the Gulf of Mexico, which has already come into effect.

It seems that NOAA's decision does not meet with universal approval. Christopher Mann, senior officer at the Pew Environment Group, said: "Open-ocean fish farms pose significant environmental threats to our marine ecosystems. Approval of offshore aquaculture in the Gulf of Mexico without the establishment of science-based and precautionary national standards is a recipe for disaster."

Statistics for the first half-year of 2009 reveal that the total harvest of salmon and trout in Chile was 17 per cent lower than the same period of last year. Over the same period, exports were up by 26 per cent in volume and 5.6 per cent in US dollar value.

Jackie Linden

* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 3 new features this week:

Assessment of Sea Lice Treatment Efficacy
In the field of fish health, it can often be easy to jump to a wrong conclusion, particularly where the assessment of the efficacy of sea lice treatment is concerned. Assessment of treatment efficacy requires a broad view and a number of factors must be taken into account when investigating possible treatment failure, explains Chris Findlay, Fish Vet Group.
Aquaculture Now Provides Half of World's Fish
A new study from Stamford University in the US has found that half of the fish consumed globally is now raised on farms. Professor Naylor and co-authors also support the reduction in the use of wild-caught fish meal and fish oil in aquaculture feeds.
Pangasius Market Report - September 2009
Pangasius production is back into full swing, according to Helga Josupeit in the latest issue of FAO Globefish.
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* Company News

Intervet/Schering-Plough Appoints New Technical Manager
UK - Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health has appointed Dafydd Morris, an experienced scientist, to the role of Technical Manager for their UK Aquaculture business.
VIV China 2009 Opens up Second Hall Due to Demand
BEIJING, CHINA - VNU Exhibitions has reported that preparations for VIV China 2009 - taking place from 19-21 October at NCIEC Beijing - are progressing very well and are now in full swing.
* Global Aquaculture Industry News

   Canada

 » Shellfish Ban Frustrates PEI Fisheries Minister
 » Pink Salmon Making Major Comeback
 » PEI Minister Speaks out on Shellfish Harvesting Ban
 » Pink Salmon Returns to BC
 » Drop in BC Sockeye Salmon Numbers a Mystery
 » ISA in Chile Boosts Salmon Prices in Canada

   United States

 » Dangerous Levels of Selenium in Water, Fish in KY
 » New Report on NE US Continental Shelf Ecosystem
 » Pew Statement on Ocean Aquaculture in Gulf of Mexico
 » NOAA to Draw up Policy for Sustainable Aquaculture
 » Study on Impact of Ocean Acid Levels on Shellfish
   Panama

 » Merger Spawns Biggest Open Ocean Aqua Operation

   Chile

 » Double-Digit Fall in Chile's Salmon Harvest

   General

 » New Treaty Leaves 'Fish Pirates’ No Safe Haven
 » Spain is Aiding Ghana's Fishing Industry
 » Ghana and Israel Sign Aquaculture Agreement

   United Kingdom

 » Criticism of 'Oversimplified' EU Fisheries Solution
 » Organic Salmon Farm Back in Production
 » Pollack Becomes One of Britain's Favourite Seafoods
 » Wild Fish Interests Condemn Farmed Salmon Escape
 » Mussels Top Menu in Food and Drink Fortnight
   Denmark

 » Danes Want to Lead the Way in EU Fisheries Policy

   India

 » India's Shrimp Exports Hit by EU Rejections

   Australia

 » Tilapia Nuisance Eliminated from Queensland Lake
 » Call for Members to New Consultative Body
Virkon S from Antec Inernational.
   Ireland

 » Farmers Oppose Disbanding of Fisheries Board

   Kenya

 » Minister Announces Aquaculture Projects

   Viet Nam

 » Rising Costs, Falling Demand Hit Catfish Farmers
New e-learning course on Sustainable Aquaculture from St Andrews

That's all for this week!

Ed.

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