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


Innovation & Investment

Aquaculture in Canada: status, perspectives

Canada exports farmed seafood products to more than 22 countries and is the main seafood supplier to the U.S. market. Finfish, primarily salmon, production is strong and shellfish production is growing, but diversification will be imperative to maintain competitiveness. 


Human enteric viruses in shellfish, part 2

Since bivalve shellfish filter large volumes of water to feed, they can accumulate and concentrate bacteria and viruses from various pollution sources. Among enteric viruses, noroviruses are the leading cause of gastroenteritis in humans who consume affected shellfish. Current wastewater 


Human enteric viruses in shellfish, part 1

Commercially harvested shellfish have been reported to cause gastro-enteritis when humans consume virus-contaminated products. Rotaviruses are one of the main types of viruses able to survive and persist in the aquatic environment. 


Off-flavors in aquaculture products, part 1

Off-flavors in pond and recirculating aquaculture systems have occurred through the biological production of geosmin and 2-methylisoborneol. The compounds are rapidly absorbed through the gills of fish, but depuration can require days or weeks. 


Government promotes shellfish culture in Turkey

Turkey has many kilometers of coastline, but shellfish culture is developing slowly in the country. Only two bivalve farms producing mussels presently operate there. Mussel spat is collected naturally on the long line systems. 

Health & Welfare

Hepatitis A and shellfish

Hepatitis A virus (HAV) is a widespread and serious foodborne pathogen commonly associated with shellfish-vectored outbreaks.