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

James Wright


GM salmon and the FDA: 10 takeaways

After a 20-year process, a genetically modified fish earned U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval, reigniting one of the seafood industry’s most intriguing controversies. Here are 10 key downloads from the groundbreaking decision over AquAdvantage salmon. 

Innovation & Investment

Like fish in a barrel: Seafood innovators land investor interest

At Fish 2.0, it’s seafood, Silicon Valley style. Aquaculture companies gave their best pitches to investors and two left Palo Alto, Calif., as winners. Founder Monica Jain says the competition highlights a financial gap that must be bridged for the 

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Aquaculture Exchange: Andrew Jackson, IFFO

Aquaculture remains dependent on fishmeal and fish oil, crucial marine ingredients in aquafeeds, particularly at key life stages. Andrew Jackson, technical director at IFFO and one of the world’s foremost fishmeal experts, tells the Advocate that the two industries can 

Health & Welfare

BC salmon farmers vow sea lice transparency

At the recent GOAL conference, the British Columbia Salmon Farmers Association committed to reveal sea lice counts at farms operating in the province while promising a future without antibiotics, despite struggles with the persistent yellow mouth disease. 

Innovation & Investment

Aquaculture Exchange: Barry Costa-Pierce, UNE

University of New England Professor Barry Costa-Pierce says aquaculture is often neglected in studies examining ocean health and ecosystem and resource management. The “Ocean Prosperity Roadmap” released this summer, he said, was more of the same. 

Innovation & Investment

GOAL Day 3: The greater good

A jam-packed three days of important dialogue in Vancouver was capped off by a keynote from the CEO of one of Canada’s oldest seafood companies, a suite of aquafeed innovations and a moving acceptance speech from Bill Herzig, the GAA 

Innovation & Investment

GOAL 2015 Day 2: The story we choose to tell

If Day 1 of GOAL 2015 was all about defense, the following day of the aquaculture industry’s leading global conference was about offense — exuding confidence that farming fish is the way to feed future generations, and determining how to 

Innovation & Investment

GOAL 2015 Day 1: We stand on guard

The 2015 GOAL conference in Vancouver, Canada, kicked off with a First Nations celebration, an industry growth report card and the latest defensive efforts against aquaculture diseases. Simplifying the story, however, may be the tallest obstacle yet. 


B.C. salmon farmers unveil sustainability report

The British Columbia Salmon Farmers Association releases its first annual Sustainability Progress Report as the Global Aquaculture Alliance hosts its GOAL conference in Vancouver, B.C. The group intends to share progress on environmental, social and economic impacts. 


Zone management: Can aquaculture producers collaborate?

At the GOAL 2015 pre-conference workshop in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, a panel of aquaculture management experts determined that producers sharing water resources must work together to prevent the spread of disease and to become more attractive to investors.