Scottish Sea Farms' new RAS hatchery project in Barcaldine, Argyll in Scotland – scheduled to open in 2019 – just got a funding boost as part of a £1.28 million (US$1.6 million) research and development support from Scottish Enterprise.
After a long planning process, a US$16.4 million renovation project has begun at the Puyallup Fish Hatchery on the Puget Sound in Washington, U.S. The hatchery dates back to 1948 and operations manager Jim Jenkins said the facility will benefit greatly from an update.
AquaOptima and Vikan Settefisk have partnered to build a smolt and post-smolt RAS facility in Frøya, Norway. The foundations are nearly complete, and the facility is scheduled for completion in late 2019, according to a statement from AquaOptima.
Russian government agencies are planning a comprehensive modernization effort for 90 percent of Russia’s state-owned hatcheries, Dan Belenkiy, chairman of the federal fishing complex operator Glavrybvod has unveiled recently. In total, there are 101 hatcheries under state management in the country and most of them are in poor condition, Belenkiy explained.
Genetics is the number one driver of aquaculture growth and merit, capable of delivering year-on-year performance gains of 5 to 10 percent, while other sectors of industry innovation are giving producers a more modest one to two per cent a year extra, and that’s ‘if you’re lucky.’
Seafood company Grieg Seafood has joined forces with breeding company AquaGen to produce broodstock and eggs using AquaGen’s strain.
The Wild Rose Fish Hatchery in Wild Rose, Wisconsin, in the U.S., has developed an exhibit dedicated to the long history of the lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) in the area.
During the 8th International Symposium on Aquatic Animal Health (ISAAH) hosted in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, in September, a special industry session focused on bringing industry and research representatives together to help highlight ongoing concerns both groups are interested in solving.  
An environmental group has announced its intention to sue New Hampshire’s largest fish hatchery over pollution concerns. 
The 8th International Symposium on Aquatic Animal Health (ISAAH) was held in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, from Sept. 2–6. This year marked the 30th anniversary of the event, bringing the conference back to Canada for the first time since the inaugural meeting held in Vancouver, British Columbia.
GUAYAQUIL, Ecuadaor – Food provider Cargill has unveiled a modern feed plant for shrimp in Guayaquil, Ecuador. The $65-million investment is creating 150 new jobs and 500 related positions for local economy, the company said in a release, adding that the feed plant is poised to create significant growth in Ecuador’s aquaculture technology.
U.K.-based aquaculture health, advanced nutrition and genetics company Benchmark has acquired Norway-based aquaculture IT firm Videntis AS for £300,000. 
The world's first salmon hatchery to achieve four-star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) status is getting ready to catch the next wave of aquaculture growth. Northern Harvest Smolt Ltd has received approval to begin expansion work at its Indian Head Hatchery in Stephenville, Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada.
The Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia (AANS) plans to develop a long-term broodstock program to fortify its cultured rainbow trout industry.
Recent research at the Flower Garden Banks (FGB) National Marine Sanctuary in Galveston, TX, has led to the site being designated as the world’s first confirmed manta ray (Mobula birostris) nursery. The discovery could be the first step toward a better understanding of a species that still holds many mysteries regarding their lifespan and habits.
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