Quick Dips
Curated topical articles on the Blue Economy

Seafood giant Thai Union secures $400m in first sustainability loan

Marimi Kishimoto, Nikkei Asia Fisheries & Aquaculture

Thai Union Group, the world's biggest canned tuna producer, has secured its first sustainability-linked loan of $400 million from a group of financial institutions, Nikkei Asia has learned. If the company achieves set targets such as strengthening the traceability of its seafood, the interest rate will be lowered by the lenders.

Read more → (3 minute read)

Cultivating an ocean food revolution

Jason Holland, Global Aquaculture Alliance Fisheries & Aquaculture

Mariculture has a key role to play in getting the global ocean economy firmly on track, finds top-level study.

Read more → (7 minute read)

As the oceans become more acidic, threat to sealife and industry grows, new study finds

Gal Tziperman Lotan, The Boston Globe Fisheries & Aquaculture

The ocean’s growing acidity, which goes hand in hand with climate change and other human-driven factors, could have a devastating effect on the state’s coastal waters and the shellfish industries that rely on their ecosystems, according to a new report.

Read more → (3 minute read)

Mapping of undersized fish, crustaceans may help sustainable fishing efforts

Brooks Hays, United Press International Fisheries & Aquaculture

By mapping where undersized fish and crustaceans are congregated, researchers hope to help fisheries managers better protect vulnerable fish and crustacean stocks.

Read more → (3 minute read)

Federal grant could help to quadruple US seaweed aquaculture volumes

The Fish Site Fisheries & Aquaculture

The fledgling North American kelp farming sector has received a boost after Connecticut Sea Grant was awarded a $766,650 federal grant to lead a three-year, multi-state initiative.

Read more → (5 minute read)

New Research to Explore Seaweed for Ocean, Economic Health

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences Energy Solutions Fisheries & Aquaculture

A nearly $900,000 grant awarded to Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences will be used to explore how kelp aquaculture can remediate negative effects of climate change. The international project is funded by World Wildlife Fund with support from the Bezos Earth Fund.

Read more → (4 minute read)

New Online Platform Creates Knowledge Portal for Aquaculture Farmers

Writing Staff, SEVENSEAS Media Fisheries & Aquaculture

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute announced the launch of The Maine Aquaculturist — a free-to-use online knowledge portal designed to help Maine’s sea farmers access an array of existing business resources across the state.

Read more → (3 minute read)

Methane-Busting Seaweed Farms on Track for 2021 Production

Andrew Spence, SEVENSEAS Media Energy Solutions Fisheries & Aquaculture

Construction of the first farm and processing plant to turn red seaweed into a feed supplement for cows to reduce their methane production by 90 per cent is expected to begin mid next year in South Australia.

Read more → (6 minute read)

Eight small-scale Indonesian tuna fisheries earn MSC certification

Madelyn Kearns, SeafoodSource Fisheries & Aquaculture

The International Pole and Line Foundation (IPNLF), in partnership with IPNLF member Asosiasi Perikanan Pole and Line dan Handline Indonesia (AP2HI), has announced that eight Indonesian one-by-one tuna fisheries have achieved Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification.

Read more → (4 minute read)

Sea Grant awards $4.7 million to strengthen economics of U.S. aquaculture

Hallee Meltzer, NOAA Fisheries & Aquaculture

Sea Grant today announced $4.7 million in federal funding to support 12 research projects to advance the understanding of the economics of aquaculture businesses and provide the industry with important market information to aid sustainable growth in the U.S.

Read more → (3 minute read)

Scientists and scallop industry team up to study effects of ocean acidification

National Ocean Service, NOAA Fisheries & Aquaculture

Understanding vulnerability to coastal acidification: scientists, oyster growers and restoration specialists working together in the Chesapeake Bay.

Read more → (3 minute read)

Can Macroalgae Save the Planet?

Clayton Starr, The Liquid Grid Fisheries & Aquaculture

Nature-based or natural climate solutions involve managing ecosystems to respond to climate change. One strategy with increasing buzz is macroalgae aquaculture and restoration. 

Read more → (6 minute read)

Four themes that will shape aquaculture in 2021

Sarah Riddle, The Fish Site Fisheries & Aquaculture

Sarah Riddle, director of business engagement at the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC), looks at four key areas where the sector is likely to evolve during the next 12 months.

Read more → (4 minute read)

Helping small-scale shrimp farmers gain sustainability recognition

The Fish Site Fisheries & Aquaculture

A new initiative to promote promote both social and environmental sustainability in small-scale shrimp farms in Southeast Asia has been launched this week.

Read more → (3 minute read)

Only a third of UK’s key fish populations are not overfished

Fiona Harvey, The Guardian Fisheries & Aquaculture

Only a third of the UK’s key fish populations are in a healthy state, and catches of key species such as cod should be reduced this year as the UK negotiates fishing rights with the EU, according to the first post-Brexit assessment of the UK’s fisheries.

Read more → (5 minute read)

11 innovations protecting life below water – and above it

Nathalie Chalmers, World Economic Forum Energy Solutions Fisheries & Aquaculture Plastics & Pollution

Solutions tackle a range of ocean challenges including coral reef restoration, scaling restorative aquaculture, unearthing technologies for marine protection and helping invest in nature-based solutions.

Read more → (4 minute read)

Biofloc Technology- The new blue revolution in aquaculture

News Desk, Global Village Space Fisheries & Aquaculture

Considered as the new blue revolution in aquaculture, Biofloc technology is currently the most profitable technique being used by the fish farmers.

Read more → (3 minute read)

Mangrove aquaculture to be supported by state-of-the-art environmental monitoring

Rob Fletcher, The Fish Site Fisheries & Aquaculture

A new environmental monitoring initiative that aims to support shrimp and crab aquaculture in mangrove forests has officially been launched in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta province.

Read more → (2 minute read)

4 Ocean-based Solutions to Advance Climate Action Through NDCs

Eliza Northrop and Mario Finch, World Resources Institute Energy Solutions Fisheries & Aquaculture Plastics & Pollution Shipping & Ports Tourism

Here are four areas that offer opportunities for ocean-based climate action in NDCs.

Read more → (8 minute read)

Not RAS, not net pens: Salmon farm concepts redefine barriers

Lauren Kramer, Global Aquaculture Alliance Fisheries & Aquaculture

FiiZK, Kvarøy Arctic innovate with land-like cages at sea, sea-like cages on land.

Read more → (5 minute read)