The Department of Ecology in Washington State has fined Cooke Aquaculture Pacific (Cooke) $8,000 for “repeatedly” cleaning dirty equipment and discharging the polluted wastewater into Puget Sound.
Norway is updating the way it classifies GMO organisms, a move that could impact the countrys farmed salmon industry.

The proposal is open for public comment until May 5, 2018 and the result could impact which organisms will be regulated by the 24-year-old Gene Technology Act; how these organisms will be regulated; and will dictate the appropriate requirements for labelling and traceability.

Norway’s salmon farming industry is anticipated to participate in the dialogues and debates. The world’s first GMO salmon was engineered in Norway in the 1980s.

The need to classify GMOs is important at a time when the technology has become very accessible.

“New techniques are easier and cheaper to use than first generation genetic engineering technology, and give many more opportunities for changing DNA than ever before,” said the advisory board.

Washington State Senator Kevin Ranker has filed a bill that calls for a ban on any new leases for pen-net aquaculture in the state, leading to a total phase-out by 2025.
Oyster farming is touted as a growth industry in Edgartown, Massachusetts but a plan that would have advanced it further has been shelved temporarily.
The Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission (GSMFC) is requesting for proposals to develop potential aquaculture projects in the Gulf of Mexico region. The main aim is to increase seafood production through aquaculture.
Aquaculture production is on track for long-term growth, according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.
This year’s second round of tariff cuts in China is making seafood exporters revved up to do even more business with the country.
Land-based aquaculture has come a long way from four years ago that it now has a risk-reward profile that investors may find attractive, according to Jon Fitzgerald of Stope Capital Advisors.
Shrimp disease issues in China have dragged down sales of Hawaii’s shrimp broodstock for the second year in a row, data from the US Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) show.
British Columbia authorities are investigating claims that a fish processing plant in the province is releasing fish-processing waste infected with piscine reovirus.
Fine-tuning operation has brought Kuterra their maiden “cash-positive” stage, four years after starting operations.
Right handling and proper thawing could help prolong the freshness of frozen fish for up to 1.5 weeks, a study has found.
Omega Pacific Sea Farms, a salmon farmer in Port Alberni, British Columbia has admitted responsibility for the thousands of plastic feed bags that are polluting beaches in Pacific Rim National Park.
It’s unusual for a marine-based fish farmer to be able to drive up to the front door of his operation, but then, the Monterey Abalone Company (MAC) is in an unusual location; it is at the end of a public pier in the main harbor of Monterey, California.
When Mary and Nate Calkins were looking to further diversify their Lake Orchard Farm in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, they chose to invest in aquaponics.
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