Headline News: April 2018
Krill fishery is well managed and sustainable says MSC
MSC labelled Aker Biomarine krill products are from a sustainable and well-managed fishery. Past claims about a ‘gold rush’ on krill, or krill catches harming penguin and marine mammal populations have proved unfounded.
CANADA - XpertSea raises C$10 million for counting technology
XpertSea, a company which develops technologies that help hatcheries to track and manage their aquatic populations, has raised C$10 million CAD in Series A financing. XpertSea technology uses artificial intelligence and computer vision to count and size early-stage aquatic organisms such as shrimp larvae and live feed with greater speed, accuracy and insight.
NEW ZEALAND - Poacher pays high price for trout from hatchery
Trout poached from Fish & Game’s Ngongotaha hatchery were anything but a free feed for a Rotorua teenager who has paid dearly for his catch. Nineteen year-old Duncan Scowen pleaded guilty in the Rotorua District Court to charges of fishing in hatchery ponds without a licence and being on the grounds unlawfully.He was fined a total of NZ$700, as well as prosecution and court costs.
USA - Breeding for faster-growing bluegills and yellow perch
Hanping Wang, who manages The Ohio State University’s Ohio Center for Aquaculture Research and Development, has succeeded in raising faster-growing fish by artificially mating them in a not so typical way. Inside cool water-filled tanks in southern Ohio, the laws of nature are being defied: female yellow perch mate with other female yellow perch; male bluegills with other male bluegills. On average, the resulting offspring reach market size six months faster than bluegills or yellow perch bred out of standard male-female mating. That’s because among yellow perch, females grow quicker than males; among bluegills, males faster than females.