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


Innovation & Investment

IDH aquaculture director challenges major foundations

A handful of deep-pocketed philanthropic foundations hold tremendous influence on marine conservation organizations and, by extension, the seafood supply chain. At GOAL, a Dutch Sustainable Trade Initiative director will challenge them to engage with the aquaculture industry, not solely fisheries. 

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Health & Welfare

Cobia culture in recirculating systems

A unique pilot project supported by northern Chile’s biggest power-generating company and the Undersecretary of Fisheries and Aquaculture is raising cobia in a recirculating aquaculture system in the desert. 


Government policies key to aquaculture development

Government policy and regulation are great determiners of whether aquaculture succeeds. Despite the spending of millions of government dollars on research and extension services, aquaculture production in the United States is declining. 


A look at integrated multi-trophic aquaculture

In integrated multi-trophic aquaculture, farmers combine the cultivation of fed species such as finfish or shrimp with extractive seaweeds, aquatic plants and shellfish and other invertebrates that recapture organic and inorganic particulate nutrients for their growth. 


How much fish is consumed in aquaculture?

Traditionally accepted calculations of wild fish use in feed for major farmed species tend to misrepresent fishmeal use. Some more current calculation methods require separate calculations for fishmeal and fish oil, or focus on quantity of protein from wild-caught fish. 

Health & Welfare

Realizing economic benefits from selective breeding

Although not universally practiced, the potential benefits of selective breeding in aquaculture outweigh all other options for improving animal performance. The genetic potential of aquaculture animals is plastic and can be improved over a relatively short timeframe. 


Czeching seafood consumption

The Czech Republic is one of Europe’s largest fish producers and the world’s fourth-largest producer of freshwater ornamental and aquarium fish. 


Economics of farm certification: Balance benefits, costs

While there are environmental, social and economic benefits from aquaculture facility certification, farms bear most of the costs, at least initially: procedures, equipment and services to achieve compliance. There are risks that new procedures could affect productivity and raise production