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Solar Powered Aquatic Farm in UK Attracts Many Visitors

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Solar powered aquaponic farm in UK is now a prominent aquarium attraction. Students from different countries visited aquaponic farm near Monmouth to learn about sustainable way of producing food. One of the aquarium visitors is hopeful that this idea will help feed children in under developed countries. This aquaponic system in United Kingdom supply fresh vegetables and fish. Their officials want to teach the children how the aquaponic works and disseminates technology to others. Students from Nepal, Belgium, Denmark, and Ireland made a visit to Monmouth aquarium. Aquaponic officials are trying to create an energy efficient structure which can produce food all around the year without depending on fossil fuels.
Monmouth aquaponic farm will produce lettuce, fish, mushrooms, salad and vegetable crops. New initiative of Monmouth aquarium feels like an intelligent way of producing food on a big scale in a small area. In this aquaponic farm, plants are fertilized by state from fish farmed at the site. It is the first solar powered aquaponic greenhouse in United Kingdom. A trial at aquaponic farm is being run by TV presenter Kate Humble and her husband Ludo Graham. Country Focus program on Radio Wales will provide more details about this innovative initiative in United Kingdom.
Via[BBC News]

York University Study Highlights Importance of Fish Farming Revolution

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A University of York research suggests the importance of a revolution in fish farming sector. He claims that it is necessary to ensure sustainable production methods. Professor Callum Roberts opined aquaculture operations inflicted heavy environmental costs on fish stock, coastal eco systems, habitat loss and pests. His report published in the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin highlights, “Better management of fisheries could also boost production while helping to heal damage to ocean life. To be viable in the long term and to help feed the world, there has to be a blue revolution in fish farming to sustainable production methods”.
Roberts Callum co authored the project report with Ruth Thurston, of Queensland University. It states that United Kingdom failed to import, catch or produce enough fish for food consumption in the country. Fish consumers in European countries were protected from falling domestic production by increasing imports. This demand was often filled at a high social cost in producer nations. The research report submitted by Roberts Callum is a wake-up call to world countries promoting fish farming. It illustrates the gap between declining wild fish supply and healthy eating advice. York University research is very important in the current context where benefits of fish eating are appreciated. Historical fisheries data and population estimates were used in the study conducted by two marine conservation experts.
Via [York Press]

Pakistan Government Will Impart Training to Fish Farmers

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Pakistan Government will train fish farmers in order to make fish farming a lucrative vocation. Training program will comprise modern techniques and production methods used in fish farming. Government authorities in Pakistan realized that fish farming is an attractive and profitable business. A training course on ‘Latest Aquaculture Techniques’ was organized in Fisheries Training Sub Center, Rawal Town, Islamabad. It is expected that training will provide a better understanding of aquaculture which will enable fish farmers to improve production. Government of Pakistan has done everything possible to promote fish farming all over the country.
Media reports indicate that many fish farms were established recently in Rawalpindi and its suburbs. A hostel facility will be arranged for participants attending training program, an official press release says. Fish farming has emerged as a major revenue generating stream in many Asian countries where industrial growth is minimal and Pakistan is the best example. Assistant Director (Training), Department of Fisheries, Rawalpindi will be the nodal officer for fish farming training camp. As fish farming became a profitable business, people engaged in other agrarian activities too are venturing into the field. More information about fish farming training program can be obtained from Rawalpindi Department of Fisheries. Contribution of aquaculture and other related sectors to Pakistan economy is very huge.
Via [Express Tribune]

Lake Victoria’s Cage Fish Farming is a Potential Gold Mine

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Jaramogi Oginga University of Science and Technology has mooted a proposal to convert Lake Victoria’s cage fish farming into a potential gold mine. It is termed as a perfect wave of hope for lakeside fishing community members. Cage fish farming involves putting fingerlings into a cage, protecting them from predators, providing them with a controlled diet and monitoring the stock. Local fish farmers in Lake Victoria area consider cage fish farming as a simple and highly productive technique. They feel that setting up a cage fish farm is very costly.
The good news is that fish farmers can get their money back in less than a year. Vice Chancellor of Jaramogi Oginga University of Science and Technology conceptualized the unique idea of cage fish farming. Miyandhe local fish community members consider fishing as a major source of income. They now realize that their fantasy has become a glaring reality in the form of cage fish farming project. Returns from cage fish farming venture is much greater than other conventional fish farming methods. As per market reports, a cage measuring around 2/4 meters can cost at least SH 80000 and it is often more than that of annual income of an average fisherman.
Via [Standard Media]

Tasmanian Salmon Producer Gets Sustainability Certification

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A Tasmanian salmon producer bagged World Wide Fund for Nature Sustainability Certification. Tassal is the first aquaculture company to receive Aquaculture Stewardship Council Certification. It is an organization dealing with almost all aspects of fish farming and they promote responsibly farmed seafood. In order to meet the standards of stewardship council, Tassal removed its copper treated nets and developed a new fish health wing. It is learnt that the company has spent millions of dollars for enhancing infrastructure and making it more environment friendly. Tassal’s WWF sustainability certification is a significant step as far as a fish farming company is concerned.
Tassal accounts for a major share in domestic salmon market of Tasmania, an island state in commonwealth of Australia. As Australia plans to import ten lakh tons of seafood by 2020, fish farming firms like Tassal will play a pivotal role in their fisheries sector. CEO of Tassal wants to make the company a global leader in sustainability efforts. Staff members working for Tassal are extremely proud about the organization’s coveted distinction and they treat the glorious feat as their own victory. Tassal received blanket coverage for every vertical of a fish farming organization. World Wide Fund for Nature Sustainability Certification will place Tassal among the most prominent fish farming organizations in Australian territory.
Via [Yahoo News]

Large Fish Farm Planned in Central Iowa City

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A large indoor fish farm is being planned in central Iowa City by Vero Blue Farms. It is reported that Vero Blue Farms will purchase two buildings in Central Iowa City. The 2.7 lakh square foot building will have 215 fish tanks that can store 10000 gallons of water. It will be possible to raise 20000 pounds of fish annually in each tank based at Iowa City’s upcoming fish farm. The farm will raise barramundi, a meaty fish item which is found commonly in Australian continent. Once the fish farm becomes fully fledged reality, Vero Blue Farms will have a larger stake in the supply of Barramundi.
According to the opinion of an elected urban representative, Iowa City will greatly benefit from the proposed fish farm. “It is a win-win situation for all of us”, he says. Before few years, Vero Blue Farms took over Iowa’s First, a leading aquaculture business firm of Webster City. The new fish farm facility in central Iowa City will employ about one hundred and fifty people. Keith Diver is the president of Vero Blue Farms who monitors setting up activities of new aquarium. Officials of Iowa’s First, Jeff Nelson and Mark Nelson are now partners with Vero Blue. Iowa’s First is a fish farm based in Webster City with stellar reputation and long standing credibility.
Via [Trib Town]

Uptick in Fish Farming Provides Global Nutrition Boost

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A report of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) indicates that upsurge in fish farming provides global nutrition boost. As per report finding, increased investment in aquaculture boosted farmed fish production in African and Asian countries. Fish farmers in these two continents use productivity enhancing technologies including water use, breeding, and hatchery practices. An uptick in fish stock may bring critical micronutrients to children suffering from malnutrition. The report has an interesting finding that African lake sardines have similar micro nutrient profiles. Another conclusion of FAO relates to the nutrition levels in fish consumed by other households.
According to Food and Agriculture Organization study, households shift from nutrition rich fish to trash fish. Byproducts such as fish head or back bones of Nile perch are of high nutritional value. FAO report on global nutrition boost is an analysis of fish farming through the perspective of food system lens. It stresses the importance of taking nutritional considerations before starting aquaculture operations and better access to improved nutrition in the coming decade. An FAQ official sum up the report conclusion, “The primary reason for increased optimism is that there is ample room for catching up with more productive technologies, especially in Asia, where many fish farmers are small and unable to foot the hefty capital outlays the industry requires to expand output without running into resource constraints.”

Via [All Africa]

India Will Soon Launch a Comprehensive Fish Production Plan

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India will soon launch a blue revolution in order to increase fish production using modern methods. Launching of blue revolution will be in lines with white revolution which played a big role in increasing milk production all over India. Increased investment, better infrastructure and training are the principal objectives of blue revolution. According to Indian Agriculture Minister, “India is the second largest producer of fish. However, it stills lags behind China by a large margin and we score low on productivity scale.” Fisheries output in this highly populous country is presently about ten million tons with inland fisheries share of 5.6 million tons and marine fisheries of 3.4 million tons.
As India have large natural resources, water bodies (lakes, ponds, and reservoirs), and coastline of 8118 kilometer, it is the perfect stage for a blue revolution. Marine scientists have already expressed their concerns about production of fisheries in India. Indian Ministry of Agriculture is exploring the possibility of public private partnership in fisheries production. It is to be recalled that India is a country where public private partnership became an effective business model for airports, infrastructure projects, urban development initiatives and academic institutions. The country’s comprehensive fish production plan will highlight ornamental fish farming as a thrust area. Blue revolution will revolve around construction of fishing harbors, modernization of fishing boats and promotion of fishing as a self employment activity.
Via [The Fish Site]

Tallevast Business Owner is on a Mission to build 3000 Gallon Aquarium

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A Tallevast business owner of a small company is on a mission to build 3000 gallon aquarium. Sean Stalter, a fiberglass technician is a passionate lover of aquariums since his childhood. He never thought that his ambition of building a large aquarium on his own will ever become a reality. Sean Stalter now owns SeaQuatic aquariums, a large scale aquarium manufacturer. Before starting aquarium project, Stalter researched construction methods and formulas for bonding agents. SeaQuatic aquariums have been selling aquariums priced between $30000 and $1 million dollar. They are creating a portfolio of acrylic, fiber glass, steel framed acrylic tanks, and shark tanks.
Stalker has big expansion plans for his aquarium business and SeaQuatic had made a 4000 gallon tank at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. Their objective is to build big aquariums for institutional and public purposes. Availability of manufacturing space and skilled fabricators are great boons for SeaQuatic. They are planning to diversify business beyond their trump card vertical aquarium manufacturing. According to Stalker, plans for manufacturing of swimming pool underwater windows and artificial coral reef selling are in the pipeline. Being the owner of a large size aquarium manufacturing unit, Sean Stalker stills remembers his old days of looking after sharks stationed at his home aquarium with nostalgia.
Via [Bradenton Herald]

Get Together Ceremony of Florida East Coast Anglers Organized

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A get together ceremony of anglers based in Florida was organized very recently. Avid anglers, conservationists, and aquarium hobbyists assembled at the get together function. It was named as ‘Protect Our Waters Fundraising Party’ themed on marine conservation. Some fish guides spoke on the occasion about changes they have witnessed during previous years. Representatives of Chevy Florida Insider Fishing Report and DOA Lures attended the event. Auction of fish guide’s services were organized as a part of the get together ceremony. Linda Goode conservation awards were presented during recently concluded Florida east coast angler’s meet. Grant Gilmore, Jody Palmer and Mike Coneen are the award recipients.
Anglers for Conservation have been organizing a fund raising campaign and get together ceremony came as a successor event. The live auction featured captains Mike Holliday, Jim Ross, Mark Nichols and Blair Wiggins. Guide services presented at East Coast Anglers meeting included lodging and full day fishing trip. Anglers for Conservation President Capt. Rodney Smith said,” The day today work done by the winners of the first Linda Goode conservation awards exemplify grassroots marine stewardship. Anglers for Conservation members greatly appreciate the up swelling of support we have received from Florida’s recreational fishing community”. Money raised will be used to support AFC’s educational programs for anglers.
Via [Examiner.com]