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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.
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.

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