Latest Fish and shellfish farming News

New law allows bass to be farm-raised, sold in markets

Oct. 16, 2021 03:21 AM EDT

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Coming soon to your neighborhood seafood market: farm-raised Florida largemouth bass. Thanks to a law passed this spring, bass will expand its popularity from a favorite fishing target to the seafood sales list in the Sunshine State. At face...

Sockeye salmon released into central Idaho lakes to spawn

Sep. 28, 2021 17:34 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The number of sockeye salmon making it to central Idaho from the ocean this year is one of the worst returns in the last decade, with only 43 fish so far, state wildlife managers said Tuesday. But the Idaho Department of Fish and Game said a hatchery...

Maine finds no violations at salmon farm fish die off site

Sep. 27, 2021 12:00 PM EDT

FRENCHBORO, Maine (AP) — Regulators in Maine said they found no permit violations stemming from thousands of fish deaths at an aquaculture operation off the state's coast. Cooke Aquaculture, a Canada-based fish farming giant, operates salmon farms that include...

Louisiana's struggling seafood industry teetering after Ida

Sep. 22, 2021 10:02 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana's oyster farmers, crabbers, shrimpers and anglers are nothing if not adaptable, producing millions of pounds of seafood annually, often in water that was dry land a generation ago. They've fought off a devastating oil spill, floods, changing markets and endless...

Grants to aid Rhode Island agriculture, aquaculture projects

Sep. 06, 2021 08:10 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Several small agriculture and aquaculture businesses in Rhode Island are sharing in more than $250,000 in grant awards aimed at spurring growth. The grants are funded by the state through the Local Agriculture and Seafood Act, which directly...

'Save the Bay' flotilla demonstrates against fish farm

Aug. 30, 2021 07:22 AM EDT

BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — More than 125 boats participated in a weekend protest against plans for an aquaculture operation in waters near Acadia National Park. Commercial and recreational vessels comprised the “Save the Bay” flotilla that motored around Frenchman Bay...

Opponents of aquaculture operation in Belfast go to court

Aug. 21, 2021 09:30 AM EDT

BELFAST, Maine (AP) — Opponents of Nordic Aquafarms are suing over the Belfast City Council’s unanimous decision to use eminent domain to get an easement across a piece of disputed mudflat. Two individuals and the Friends of the Harriet L. Hartley Conservation Area...

Sockeye salmon viewable at nature center in Boise

Aug. 18, 2021 15:41 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Fifteen live adult sockeye salmon have been released for public viewing at a nature center in Boise, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game says. The agency said Tuesday that the sockeye can be viewed at the MK Nature Center’s Alpine Lake aquarium....

Cheesemakers, aquaculturists, farmers to get grants in Maine

Aug. 15, 2021 09:56 AM EDT

SYDNEY, Maine (AP) — A cheese guild in Sydney, an aquaculture center in Walpole and the Maine Farmland Trust are among the recipients of the state of Maine's agricultural development grants this year. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry said...

Oystermen overcome pollution, pandemic to thrive in LI Sound

Aug. 14, 2021 10:36 AM EDT

NORWALK, Conn. (AP) — Norm Bloom enjoys watching his 5-year-old grandson, Jack, out on one of their oyster boats dressed in his little waders, helping the crew as they pull in dredge cages full of the shellfish from the bottom of Norwalk Harbor. “He'd be out there on...