The Richard Cronin National Salmon Station has a new role as a regional center to research, rear and restore threatened aquatic species. “This is very much a cooperation to develop resources and research facilities,” says David Perkins of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, who is director of the re-named Richard Cronin Aquatic Resource Center.

“Trout fishing in particular in west North Carolina is big business,” says Adam Moticak. “These communities in western North Carolina rely on these fish to be stocked in the various bodies of water.”

It is my experience that behind every successful hatchery or farm there are some fantastic staff, both in technical skills and devotion to livestock care. Without these folks, the industry would quickly collapse.

Located in Kushimoto, Wakayama Prefecture, Kindai's Oshima Station of Aquaculture Research Institute has been at the forefront of research into farm-raised Pacific bluefin tuna since 1970, when researchers started by catching small juveniles off the coast of Wakayama using set nets. In 2002, Kindai became first in the world to fully close the life-cycle on the species.

The American company Inland Sea LLC is seeking investors to grow salmon in a land-based, Danish-style water-recirculating system (RAS). Vice-president Jackson Kimle confirmed that the company hopes to raise $12-15 million and break ground on an industrial site south of Harlan, Iowa, sometime this winter.

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