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


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Innovation & Investment

Genetic tool aims to stem the tide of oyster virus

Initially, a new chip loaded with oyster DNA pieces will identify oysters resistant to the herpes virus, but in the future it may be able to identify oysters with other desirable characteristics, such as faster growth rates. 


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. 

Health & Welfare

Chile’s salmon industry addresses health crises

Environmental and fish health problems have affected Chile’s salmon farmers since 2004. As production ramped up, 2006 saw an increase in sea lice that reduced output. In 2007, infectious salmon anemia spread across the farming region and quickly cut production. 

Health & Welfare

Evolutionary history of Taura Syndrome Virus

Based on a phylogenetic analysis with the BEAST program, the authors determined the evolutionary relationships among 83 Taura syndrome virus isolates.