Collaboration seems to be the theme of this issue, as we explore the different areas in which different teams come together for a common problem to solve.
In our cover story, we take an in-depth look at the research initiatives that are taking place at Huntsman Marine Science Centre in St. Andrew’s, New Brunswick in Canada. The research centre is collaborating with Mowi Canada East to further understand “economically-important traits” and cost-effective genotyping strategies. Projects like these will not only benefit those that are involved in this individual study, but it could contribute to the productivity, efficiency and sustainability of the aquaculture industry as a whole.
In the restoration and enhancement sector, we look at how the California drought is bringing together the United States’ federal and state hatcheries to overcome production challenges. This regional story is an example of how hatcheries cannot work in isolation. The effects of climate change creates a chain reaction throughout watersheds and river systems, and it will take all of us to find sustainable solutions for the fish, the community and the environment.
Unfortunately, there are too many parts of the world that still struggle with bringing groups together in one goal. The British government is still dealing with the complex implications of Brexit, and it looks like Scottish salmon farmers are worried that their industry could become a casualty. They believe that a trade war between the United Kingdom and the European Union is looming.
On the other side of the world, China is doing something interesting with its aquaculture. Conson-1 is the world’s first marine ranch at sea and its preparing for its maiden harvest of croaker, grouper and Atlantic salmon. Such a vessel could make it possible to push aquaculture farther out in the open seas where there is less pollution. It could also relieve the environmental pressures of offshore farms.
Projects like these are harder to keep an eye one than any activity I have access to here on the Western hemisphere. But diversity and a global scope is my goal and I must rely on many leaders in different regions around the world to identify this publication’s blind spots.
I would love to see stories of professionals in South America, East Asia, the Middle East and all of Africa. If you have story ideas, my inbox is always open at
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