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Aquaculture trials in the Pilbara, Kimberley, Abrolhos Islands and Cockburn Sound will be the beneficiaries of the first consignment of about 500,000 rock oyster (Saccostrea glomerata) spat, grown at the State Government’s new Albany Shellfish Hatchery.
ST. ANDREWS, N.B. – The Government of Canada and the Province of New Brunswick have announced $460,000 funding to improve the effectiveness, quality and sustainability of the fish and seafood sector. The contribution is part of the $400 million Atlantic Fisheries Fund, jointly funded by the federal, provincial and territorial governments, focused on growing opportunities and increasing market value for sustainably sourced, high-quality fish and seafood products from Atlantic Canada.
Sokotra Capital Ltd., a Dubai-based private investment company specializing in the agriculture and aquaculture sectors, has announced that a Sokotra Capital led consortium has just completed the acquisition of 100 per cent of L'Aquaculture Tunisienne (AT), the largest sea bass (Dicentharchus labrax) and sea bream (Sparus auratus) hatchery and nursery in North Africa.
The Gerry Cook Hatchery on Lake MacDonald in Australia will be forced to move operations in early 2019 due to major work on the lake’s dam wall and spillway. Dam operator Seqwater, who leased the land to the hatchery, will likely need to utilize the land for storage, including potentially filling in the breeding ponds which are used to support the endangered Mary River cod.
Private entrepreneur Alexander Petrov is currently completing a hatchery within his fish farm in Kurgan Oblast, Russia. This is the first facility of its kind in this part of the country, and as soon as it is launched it would dramatically reduce the import-dependence of the region in stocking material.
St. John’s, Newfoundland in Canada will be the venue for the World Aquaculture Society (WAS) North America 2020 conference and tradeshow, following a historical agreement signed by executives from WAS, the Aquaculture Association of Canada (AAC) and the Newfoundland & Labrador Aquaculture Industry Association (NAIA).
One of Australia’s oldest fish hatcheries, in the Ballarat area of Victoria, is to receive a grant of almost $64,000 from the state government to buy and install a water-cooling and filtration tower.
Uzbekistan’s President Shavkat Mirziyoyev is implementing a comprehensive program to develop the domestic aquaculture industry, emphasizing the need for more stocking material.
Yet another 200 salmon had to be disposed of at a hatchery near New Zealand’s South-Island city of Dunedin after vandals broke in and shut down the same aeration equipment they had targeted in January.
The six-member Alaska Board of Fisheries recently declined to consider an emergency petition submitted by the Kenai River Sportfishing Association to intervene in a permit modification for the Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corporation which would have increased its pink salmon egg take by some 20 million this season.
According to recent reports from Alaska, two net-pens operated by the Cooke Inlet Aquaculture Association (CIAA) will not be located in the main part of Tutka Bay as previously planned.
Russian authorities plan to decrease import dependence on trout fingerlings and fish eggs by building a state-of-the-art hatchery in the Republic of Karelia.
News from Muscat in Oman indicates that there has been a serious decline in the number of spiny lobsters being landed. In the 1980s the annual catch from the waters around Oman was around 2000mt but in 2016 the catch weighed in at only 450mt.
It was in April last year when Alaska’s Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association (NSRAA) acquired the Gunnuk Creek Hatchery. The association submitted the only bid (US$ 400,000) for the facility, which had been closed in 2014 with a debt to the state of about US$22 million. However, NSRAA general manager Steve Reifenstuhl explains that in hindsight the purchase was not the bargain it might have seemed.
RAStech 2019, a conference and trade show focused on recirculating aquaculture systems, will be jointly hosted by Hatchery International and Virginia Tech.

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