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May 24, 2019

New land-based salmon egg production site opens its doors in Norway

Benchmark's new land-based salmon egg production facility, SalmoBreed Salten in Sørfold, Norway, officially opened on May 22nd. The facility is touted by the company as the "most advanced land-based facility for the production of salmon eggs in the world."

Alaska Chinook hatcheries suffering from low returns

In the past several years, Chinook (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) stocks across Alaska have entered a phase of reduced productivity, causing challenges for hatcheries in the area in sourcing eggs. A representative for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) said the primary tool available to combat the reduction is limiting the harvest of returning adults, but it may not be possible to drive production to desired levels.

PNNL technology serves as fish body double

Hundreds of surrogate “fish” will be put to work at dams around the world through an agreement between Isanti, Minn.-based Advanced Telemetry Systems (ATS) and Richland, Wash.-based Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to improve operations and increase sustainability.
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Probiotic for oyster

Breakthrough probiotic could hit shelves by 2020

A probiotic that increases survival rate in Eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica) larvae by as much as 35 percent could be commercially available by 2020. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s Milford Laboratory, in Connecticut, U.S.A, has isolated and evaluated a naturally-occurring beneficial bacterial isolate, probiotic strain OY15 which is a benign strain of Vibrio alginolyticus, from the digestive glands of adult Eastern oysters. Now, it’s hoping that a viable, stable formulation will be developed and pave the way for commercialization of OY15. » Read more

Tales from the shutdown

After the failure of the United States Congress and President Donald Trump to come to an agreement on an appropriations bill to fund government operations (with funding for a US-Mexico border wall being the principal issue), the U.S. government was shutdown. Lasting over a month from just before Christmas until late January 2019, it was the longest government shutdown in U.S. history – and the impacts were felt significantly at federally funded hatcheries across the country. » Read more

New ASA board

The Aquaculture Suppliers Association (ASA) has elected a new set of board members, including the executive board during the Aquaculture 2019 conference and tradeshow in New Orleans. The association expanded its board to include 12 members and elected a new president and vice-president. » Read more

Merck Animal Health introduces Aqua Care365 initiative

Biopharmaceutical company Merck Animal Health has announced its Aqua Care365 initiative to support fish farmers in their efforts to provide the best quality care for their operations. » Read more

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