US west coast awash in millions of jellyfish-like Velella velella. Millions of jellyfish-like creatures have washed up on beaches along the US west coast over the past month, giving the shoreline a purple gleam and, at times, an unpleasant odor, ocean experts said on Thursday. Though not poisonous to most people, beachgoers should avoid the animals because their venom can cause stinging in the eyes and mouth, said Steve Rumrill, an expert at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Known as Velella velella to scientists, and more informally as “by-the-wind sailors,” the creatures regularly cluster offshore each spring. But it is unusual for so many to wash ashore at once, especially this late in the summer, he said.
In addition to the millions that have been spotted on beaches from Southern California to Washington, millions more are floating near the ocean surface offshore, Rumrill added. Climate change may be a factor, but it is impossible to be certain, Rumrill said. “This is a wind-driven event, and winds are unusual this year,” he said. Bait and Black Magic: Shark Fishing Woes in Fiji. We were willing to try just about anything, including rally caps, talisman and shark dances—anything to catch a shark. We scoured the horizon for bird activity. We searched seamounts and steep drop-offs. We drifted with our chum slicks into the deep blue. We hung multiple fresh, whole yellowfin tuna from our buoys, shaking our heads in disbelief when after four hours, the fish were brought onboard unscathed. We changed the bait, the location and split our crew to fish in shifts. Surely if we just fished longer, harder, we’d catch them, we thought.
Just when inactivity threatened the team’s morale, the high-pitched scream of the reel fueled us with bursts of adrenaline. On the fifth day, we nearly struck gold. That night, we had to say goodbye to three of our team members, including our chief scientist Dr. The second week, we continued to fish long and hard, deploying both our trusted and more eclectic techniques. China Water Pollution Photos. Dolphin-Squeak-To-English Translator Works In Real Time. For the first time ever, a device has enabled people to translate a dolphin whistle in real time.
The dolphin's first word was "sargassum," a type of seaweed. "I was like whoa! We have a match. I was stunned," researcher Denise Herzing told New Scientist. At the time, in August of last year, she was wearing a prototype dolphin translator called Cetacean Hearing and Telemetry (CHAT). The device is encased in a waterproof shell and contains hydrophones that detect dolphin whistles, which can be up to 10 times higher than the highest pitch a human can make out. Herzing is quick to point out that the observation has limitations, since it hasn't been repeated. Herzing and Georgia Tech researcher Thad Starner are using pattern-discovery algorithms that are designed to analyze dolphin whistles and extract meaningful features that a person might not catch or know to look for. [New Scientist] 11/02/2014: Australian Seafood CRC to end in June 2015; Aquaculture America 2014 honours. Australian Seafood Seafood Cooperative Research Centre calls off new potential application for an extension (re-bid) of the CRC beyond June 2015.
According to Chairman, Peter Dundas-Smith, the Board agreed that there was not a compelling case on which to frame an application that had any chance of success.Read more ... Aquaculture America 2014 - Carole Engel awarded by USAS with Distinguished Service and Gary Jensen honored by USAS with Lifetime Achievement Award at opening of Aquaculture America 2014 in Seattle. Plenary speaker Dr Patrick Sorgeloos highlighted unique opportunities with aquaculture but the need for innovation, collaboration and sharing. Stressed the need for interaction from USA and EU with China and other Asian countries and to learn especially from tried extractive methods.Read more ... Partners to bring algae technology into next generation. Posted: February 04, 2014 Research technician in the Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation (AzCATI), David Cardello, with student worker Mariah Patton.
Photo by: John McGowen A newly announced partnership between Arizona State University, Heliae and SCHOTT North America is a big step forward on the path to accelerate algae technology. The collaboration will bring Heliae’s algae production technology to ASU’s algae testbed facility. Through the partnership, SCHOTT financed a Helix photobioreactor built by Heliae and installed at ASU’s Department of Energy-funded algae testbed facility on the Polytechnic campus. Over the next several years, algae researchers at ASU will leverage the Helix photobioreactor to propel the understanding of algae production technology, including an investigation into the effect of glass tubing innovations on the yields and economics of algae production. The functionality dimension | Yannis Zabetakis. Interview: Chris Ninnes, chief executive, Aquaculture Stewardship Council on the Global Salmon Initiative.
International Aquafeed's Alice Neal spoke to Chris Ninnes, chief executive of the Aquaculture Stewardship Council about the organisation's involvement with the Global Salmon Initiative. Why did you choose to get involved with the GSI? Salmon is farmed worldwide with nearly two thirds of the salmon that we eat coming from farms. Industry, government, NGOs etc need to work together if we are to reduce the impacts the sector has. It’s through cooperation that we can make a difference and have a positive impact. GSI’s commitment to significantly improving the sustainability of salmon farming mirrors ASC’s aim to transform aquaculture towards environmental sustainability and social responsibility. With around 70 percent of the global salmon farming industry pledged to meet the ASC Salmon Standard and achieve ASC certification by 2020, this amounts to a big commitment that will make a big difference.
To what extent is the GSI taking the lead on sustainability issues? Of course! 6th Algae World Asia. The Centre for Management Technology (CMT) is pleased to announce news of 6th Algae World Asia. 6th World Algae Asia promises to provide the latest news and advancements on algae around the world. The main theme of the conference will focus on tracking the commercialisation of algal oil into chemicals, fuels, nutrition and personal care applications, with key highlights including: - Sustainable algae biofuels with cost effective harvesting methods - New developments in Glycerol production from algae - update on new EC project - Algae-based bioplastics; transformation from low-cost algae to high-value thermoplastic materials - Technological breakthroughs in algae strain development.
IAF article: Pelleting and extrusion in aquafeed technology. There are many pelleting and extrusion options in aquafeed production and all these choice will have an effect on the end product. Doris Du, Allance Machinery, China, gives her insight into the pelleting process. Aquaculture is a developing activity around the world. As the industry grows, so does the aquafeed market. Aquafeeds are comprised of a number of ingredients that are mixed in various proportions to complement one another to form a nutritionally complete compound diet. According to the physical characteristics, they can be divided into powder, particle, pelleted and extrusion aquafeed. They can also be divided into sinking, slow sinking and floating aquafeed according to their buoyancy.
The BioMarine Resources Directory. EUREKA network at BioMarine 2013. BioMarine Business Convention preliminary programme announced. The preliminary programme for the 4th BioMarine Business Convention has been announced. Highlights include a full conference programme, thematic think tanks and a closing public plenary which includes an exclusive live interview of HSH Prince Albert II of MonacoMore information... About the eventFrom September 9-12, 2013, Halifax, Canada will welcome the 4th edition of the BioMarine Business Convention.
The four-day convention is dedicated to marine bio resources, marine renewable energies, green shipping, ports and environmentals. It brings together the business, scientific, finance and civil society communities to draw out innovative and concrete solutions to advance ocean development. BioMarine Resources: BioMarine Business Convention supplement in International Aquafeed magazine. Happy new year everyone. I hope you all had a great 2012 and 2013 is off to a flying start. I wanted to let you know that the next issue of International Aquafeed magazine will feature a 12-page BioMarine supplement on the highlights and outcomes of the BioMarine Business Convention held in London in October 2012. It is really exciting working on such a big project and I am looking forward to sharing the results with you. Don't forget, registration is open for the next BioMarine Business Convention, which will take place in Halifax, Canada, September 9-12, 2013.
More information... BioMarine Resources: Red algae closes Bondi Beach. BioMarine Resources: Algae can break down cellulose. BioMarine Resources: BioMarine Business Convention final report online. 16/11/12: cosmetics from IMTA; altering timing of sea lice treatment aids salmon health; BioMarine report online. There has long been concern that concentrations of sea lice in BC's fish farming pens spread to wild fish stock in surrounding waters. The researchers discovered that by changing the timing of sea lice treatments, one salmon farming region not only improved the health of their farm Atlantic salmon - the action has helped the struggling population of wild pink salmon to begin recovering.
The research was focused on salmon farming operations in one specific area of the BC coast, the Broughton Archipelago, which lies between the mainland and the northern tip of Vancouver Island. The researchers describe the area as the historic ground zero for studying the impacts of aquaculture on wild Pacific salmon. Over the past decade, salmon farmers in the area have gradually shifted the timing of anti-parasite treatments to the fall and winter months. As a result, there have been fewer sea lice in coastal waters as juvenile pink salmon migrate to sea in the spring. BioMarine Resources. Olmix Profile. Founded in 1995 by Hervé Balusson, Olmix Group was born at the core of Brittany, in Bréhan (Morbihan) from the will to find natural alternatives to additives used in agriculture.
Its business is specially based on the development of natural additives based on seaweeds, trace-elements and clays towards Animal and Vegetal Nutrition and Health. With its famous Amadéite®, 100% natural biomaterial, Olmix has become one of the worldwide main specialists of green tech. One of the first green refineries in the world, the ULVANS Project, will soon be established in Brittany (France), and will industrially process products from algae. For 15 years, Olmix is involved in algae valorisation, and its philosophy is based on the belief that they are the new “Green Gold”. Olmix logo is by the way built with algae, more than a symbol, for a better life! Olmix is present in 60 countries throughout the world, has 250 employees and makes a turnover of 53,4 million Euros, of which 80 % of sales exported.
BioMarine profile: Pronova BioPharma. The group's first commercialised product, Omacor/Lovaza, is branded in a number of countries (57) throughout Europe, Asia and in the USA. End-user sales has grown rapidly in all international markets and the annual run rate at 31 December 2011 reached USD 1 380 million, according to IMS Health. The product is the first EU- and FDA-approved omega 3-derived prescription drug. Marketing and distribution of Pronova's key product is currently licensed to both local and global pharmaceutical companies. The company is in the process of developing several new, patentable lipid derivatives. The most advanced lipid derived pharmaceutical programme is in the area of combined dyslipidemia, the abnormal concentration of lipids and lipoproteins in the blood, for which the company has a product, PRC-4016, in clinical trials. Algae fighters get $16 million boost.
Farm runoff fuels green algae blooms in Lake Erie that are visible in satellite images. Photo: NOAA CoastWatch Canadian officials Tuesday announced a $16 million investment to understand and control algae in the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes Nutrient Initiative will focus on Lake Erie which is particularly vulnerable to toxic and nuisance algae. That’s a lot of money to address excessive phosphorus discharges from farming and sewers. Is it enough? To get a sense of the challenge, last week the Columbus Dispatch reported if 80 percent of the phosphorus that drains into Ohio’s Grand Lake were cut, it still would take 20 to 40 years to clear the water. In 2010, a liver toxin associated with algae was so concentrated in Grand Lake St. Aurora Algae secures AU$2 m grant for biomass platform. Aurora Algae has secured a AU$2 million grant from the Low Emissions Energy Development (LEED) fund to advance the company’s algae-based biomass production at its demonstration facility in Karratha, Western Australia.
The grant, sponsored by the Australian State Government, has been used to develop a pilot production facility that consistently produces between 12-15 metric tons of algal biomass per month, within six 4,000 square meters (one acre) ponds. With the project now complete, biomass produced by Aurora Algae can be used to develop products across a number of markets including nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals, aquaculture and renewable energy.Read more...
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