Weekly Overview: New Report Outlines Potential for Ireland's Sustainable Aquaculture Development

21 June 2016, at 1:00am

ANALYSIS - There is great potential for Ireland to develop its aquaculture in the coming decade. This is the finding of the National Economic and Social Council's 'Sustainable Development in Irish Aquaculture' report.

Ireland has a rich and varied marine landscape, and a long coastline. However, the sector is small in scale, relative to Scotland or Norway, and has been in decline somewhat over the last decade.

The report argues that future Irish aquaculture development can be achieved that balances economic, environmental and social goals.

Also this week, in order to promote the sustainable development of aquaculture and fisheries in Malaysia, the Malaysian Department of Fisheries (DoF) has signed an agreement with WorldFish.

The agreement establishes a Technical Committee on Research Collaboration and will see continued work in the Genetically Improved Farmed Tilapia (GIFT) programme.

In addition to producing genetically improved tilapia, WorldFish also plans to expand research into developing new genetic characteristics, such as disease resistance, in order to increase aquaculture production of tilapia in Malaysia.

In other news, the Chilean National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (Sernapesca) has released its report on the use of antibiotics in the Chilean salmon farming industry in 2015.

The report reveals that 22 of the 25 companies with farms in the ocean used 557 tons of antibiotics in 2015.

The figure on antibiotics used in the “Report on the Use of Antimicrobials in Salmon Farming in 2015” reveals a rolling and disproportionate increase in the use of antimicrobials, reaching an historical record of 660 gr of antibiotics by ton of produced biomass. This means double than what was used five years ago, said Oceana, the marine conservation organisation that requested the release of the report.