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Earlier this year an electrical error led to a fire which burned down the primary incubation building at McIntyre Creek Salmon Incubation Facility in Whitehorse, Canada. Sadly, at the time of the fire the building contained more than 30,000 salmon fry which were to be used in restoration projects for two aboriginal bands in the area.
New Jersey’s Hackettstown State Fish Hatchery set a record in 2017, stocking over five million fish, topping the previous record of almost four million from 2014.
Grayling Fish Hatchery owner and operator Dan Vogler confirmed recently that state regulators have (again) approved the expansion of his hatchery situated on the banks of the Au Sable River in Michigan. Vogler started leasing the former state-operated hatchery in 2012 and two years later obtained a state permit for an expansion planned for 2016. Opposition to the project created a delay, but a modified permit will enable Vogler to proceed.
The Kenya Marine and Fisheries Institute (KEMFRI) is in the process of constructing a modern fish hatchery to meet increasing demands. The hatchery will be situated at the Nyanza and Western Region Fisheries Research Centre and will increase fingerling production at the facility from 200,000 to 1 million per month.
Seven Sarnia, Ontario area schools in Canada are getting a chance to learn about the life-cycles of fish and hatchery production through mini-hatcheries.
In late March, flooding caused substantial losses for the Moccasin Creek Hatchery in Moccasin, California. While millions of trout were lost in the flood a 10-hour long effort by the hatchery’s workers saved an estimated 200,000 fish, moving them by truck to the Don Pedro Reservoir where they are expected to thrive.
West Virginia’s Apple Grove Fish Hatchery is back in business. Production was put on hold for the last year when most of the ponds were emptied so that liners that had developed tears could be replaced.
INVE Thailand – a subsidiary of Benchmark Holdings – has become the first company in Asia to be awarded a certificate to export its Artemia cysts, feed and health products into Ecuador. It will now be used as a reference in the region for other companies seeking similar certificates, according to a company press release.
More RAS facilities are being built and there is no letting up. Initially used for hatchery and nursery purposes, they are now being designed to include full-cycle production.
Canadian aquaculture tech firm XpertSea has raised CAD$10 million in fresh funding, enabling the Quebec-based company to finance its planned market expansion and technology development.
The Benchmark Holdings-owned company StofnFiskur in Iceland will exclusively supply more than 22 million triploid ova to Grieg NL’s new hatchery in Newfoundland, according to a news release from Benchmark Holdings.
Marine Harvest's newly opened £26.5 million (US$35.4 million) hatchery in Inchmore, Scotland, which uses "one of the most technically advanced water recirculating systems," is expected to produce up to 12 million Scottish-farmed salmon a year, a statement from the company said.
Construction of a freshwater fish farming research centre – a first for Mynamar – is nearing completion.
Aquaculturists in Western Australia had reason to celebrate late last year when the Premier and his fisheries minister opened a new multi-species mollusc hatchery in that western state. Early estimates indicate that the facility will boost the aquaculture and wild-catch mollusc sectors’ value by up to $12 million within five years.         
Scotland's largest independent salmon egg producer is taking on the Scottish government for a ruling that it claims poses "massive risk" by allowing the import of salmon eggs from Norway and Iceland risking disease transfer from infected countries, the Scottish paper The National has reported.

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