Galician Aquaculture, one thousand missed opportunities

Quality and quantity of fresh and salt water, miles of sheltered coast, modern infrastructures, capability to add value, good appreciation of local produce, European subsidies, skilled labour, know-how, demanding markets… there are so many competitive advantages for the development of aquaculture in Galicia, it just seems incredible that the situation is as dire as it…

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World aquaculture exceeds beef production for the first time

Based on the latest statistics from the FAO / USDA, and as stated in a recent report by the Earth Policy Institute (www.earth-policy.org ), an unprecedented milestone in food production for human consumption took place during 2011. For the first time in modern history, world aquaculture production exceeded the production of beef. This gap widened…

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Critical reconstruction

The many strengths of aquaculture should confer it a leading role in the reconstruction of our battered economy, mobilizing locally produced raw matters in order to strengthen our food sovereignty, and fixing rural population through the creation of much needed jobs. Compared to land based animal production, both marine and inland aquaculture deliver better conversion…

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Origin and disinfection of Coronavirus in the aquatic environment

A recently published paper questions the proposed origin of the last outbreak of coronavirus in the Huanan market, within the Chinese metrópoli of Wuhan. The research group, directed by Professor Yu Wenbin of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, carried out the sequencing of 93 samples collected in 12 countries affected by SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory…

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Commercial Agreement with Evans Vanodine International PLC

Acuinuga’s Aquaculture Division has just formalized a commercial agreement for the exclusive distribution of Buffodine® in Spain and Portugal. This is a specific product for the disinfection of eggs and gametes produced by aquatic species, manufactured by the British company Evans Vanodine, a centennial company in the Manchester area (United Kingdom) and pioneer in the…

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Novel Tools for Environmental Dredging

From the muddy Ría de O Burgo in Coruña to the degradation of the Mar Menor in Murcia, passing through the water hyacinth-infested Guadiana river in Badajoz, the eroded coast of the southern Portuguese Algaravia or the loss of depth in many Mediterranean ports, without forgetting the accumulation of toxic sludge resulting from mining or…

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Massive Mortality of Salmon

A lethal combination of climatic and oceanographic factors is causing a massive mortality in Norwegian salmon farms this spring. Losses are so far estimated in thousands of tonnes,  translating into hundreds of millions of euros, as many cages are stocked at the end of the ongrowing cycle by animals approaching commercial size (3 to 5…

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Rivers of plastic

Even though most plastic residues found in the oceans arrived there after being carried by the rivers, plastic pollution in riverine ecosystems has never received the same attention as marine pollution. A recent report published by several environmental organizations provides important information on a serious problem increasingly affecting rivers, lakes and other freshwater bodies and…

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Rotten tuna

For several decades now, an on-growing activity has facilitated the continuity in the supply of a highly appreciated species, the bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus), once abundant in Atlantic and Mediterranean waters, and today in delicate situation and now extinct in the Black and Caspian Seas.  The semi-cultivation process consists in the capture of wild juveniles…

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Bigger not always better

Johannes Karvonen, Aquamec’s marketing manager strongly feels that inland and coastal dredging are generally overlooked, despite being a significant part of the industry. He believes that too much emphasis is placed on big headline projects, while problem-solving and vital maintenance of inland waterways goes unsung. “Search on Google for dredging and what appears are pictures of huge…

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