News features and technical articles about the evolution of aquaculture, one of the world’s fastest growing industries.

Global finfish production review: Gradual growth

Recent surveys indicate that global finfish production has doubled over the last decade, but most of this growth happened in the first half of this period. Production is still growing but at slower pace than in recent years, and annual growth rates must increase to at least 7.2 percent to maintain the double-in-a-decade objective.

Health & Welfare

Double-stranded RNA against WSSV genes provides antiviral protection in shrimp

Silencing genes in white spot syndrome virus (WSSV) with critical roles in replication could provide a strong antiviral effect and thus reduce shrimp mortality. The authors therefore established a study to evaluate the antiviral efficacy of double-stranded (ds)RNA against non-structural 

Innovation & Investment

Aquaculture appraisal: The GOAL audience polls

The aquaculture industry is doing a poor job of educating consumers about farmed fish, according to polling results from the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s annual GOAL conference in Vancouver, Canada. View the results from all 18 audience questions, with photos from 


Keep-it-simple seafood: Hy-Vee’s retail strategy

U.S. supermarket chain Hy-Vee relies on Seafood Watch ratings for its product choices, but only displays its own ‘Responsible Choice’ designation in stores to eliminate consumer confusion. A company executive and its NGO partner offer a glimpse at the methods 

Innovation & Investment

Aquaculture Exchange: David Little, University of Stirling

David Little, professor at the University of Stirling in Scotland, tells the Advocate about the rapid evolution of the aquaculture industry in Southeast Asia — where he made his home for many years — and discusses the role of academia 


GOAL Shrimp Production Survey: Recovery coming

The GOAL 2015 Shrimp Production Survey showed that global farmed shrimp production is rebounding from the decrease seen from 2011 to 2013 due to diseases, and is headed to an all-time high of around 4.8 million metric tons in 2017, 

Health & Welfare

Phytoplankton a crucial component of aquaculture pond ecosystems

Phytoplanktonic organisms, or microalgae, are very abundant in aquaculture ponds and have critical roles in these ecosystems, significantly influencing overall pond ecology and water quality. Proper management of phytoplankton populations is essential for successful aquaculture pond production. 


Russian food embargo: Who’s been hurt?

Russia’s 2014 embargo on seafood and other food imports from the United States, European Union members and other countries created multiple impacts. Russian consumers have experienced higher prices and declines in the volume and quality of seafood available. Russian companies 


Aquaculture Exchange: Alan Shaw, Calysta

Turn fuel into animal food? Calysta can do that. The California biotech company is now hoping for greater buy-in from aquaculture, its target market. CEO Alan Shaw talks about the potential of FeedKind and its ambitious plans for 2016 and 

Innovation & Investment

Caribbean producer aims to make a name for sutchi

Pangasius farmed in the Dominican Republic? True story. Value Aquaculture, with partners hailing from Germany and Chile, is trying to get U.S. buyers to take a fresh look at the Mekong catfish species.