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

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Aquafeeds

On-farm studies help guide feed decisions

Determining the best feed to purchase is one of the most important challenges of running a profitable aquaculture business. Properly conducted on-farm trials provide valuable data that help direct objective feed decisions. 

Responsibility

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 

Responsibility

Prevent, but verify

Each farm unit should have a written program that defines measures to prevent food safety problems and a program of regular testing. 

Health & Welfare

Recent developments in biofloc technology

Combining biofloc technology with bio-secure modular shrimp culture can make operations more sustainable and economically viable. For optimized biofloc production, lined ponds and reservoirs and high stocking densities are essential. Paddlewheel aerators keep dissolved-oxygen levels high. 

Responsibility

The Fishery: One farm, one fish at a time

The Fishery is an inland farm in California that raises largemouth bass, carp, sturgeon and catfish in a recirculating system that minimizes water use. 

Health & Welfare

Why certify aquaculture?

In the international aquaculture trade, producers have lots of information on how their fish or shrimp were produced, but buyers may know little about a product’s safety, origins or environmental and social impacts. 

Health & Welfare

The Shrimp Book: Small-scale shrimp farmers and global markets

It is time to recognize the crucial role of small-scale farmers in Asian aquaculture production and trade. The socially and economically important small-scale sector – the “mainstay” of Asian aquaculture – is innovative, but faced with constraints in modern markets. 

Responsibility

Sludge management at pangasius farm cuts discharges

In modifying its infrastructure and related pond management, QVD Aquaculture uses floating water plants to remove nitrogen and phosphorus from the discharge water. Sludge pens capture sludge at ponds for later reuse.