An alliance with the Woods Hole Sea Grant program together with funding from the state Environmental Bond Bill provided additional funding for regional aquaculture centers that would serve to guide the increasing needs of private aquaculturists
and those towns involved with nursery growout of seed shellfish for restocking, disease testing, predator control, public outreach, and other programs (Fig.
Li-Hua Chao generously introduced us to many Taiwanese aquaculturists
and spent many hours helping us obtain larvae.
There is also some confidence that the kuruma prawn will prove a useful summer crop for inland aquaculturists
Such species had not been detected or recognized as harmful until scientists developed more sensitive toxin detection methods and trained more observers, or until aquaculturists
placed shellfish or fish resources in areas where toxic species had been lurking.
Meanwhile, fishermen and aquaculturists
see that they can make money, and they ramp up production.
Department officials have yet to receive any applications from aquaculturists
to release GE fish into public waterways, nor would they grant any permits for some time, they say.
experimented with raising both species off the
What's more, the proposed leasing of ocean bottom for more fish farms--beyond the industry's historic base in Cobscook and Machias Bays--has become the flash-point for growing conflict with other major users of near-coast Maine waters, including commercial fishermen, shellfish aquaculturists
, conservationists, and those engaged in tourism and various forms of recreation.
Once the aquaculture strategy is put in place later this year, and the means of monitoring compliance agreed, aquaculturists
hope criticism of the industry will die down.
Led by Dr Valerie Smith at the Gatty Marine Laboratory in Fife, these dedicated aquaculturists
hope to find new, natural ways of making lobsters and their shelled co-genus pals better at fighting off coughs and colds.
On April 13, the Minister, Paul Robichaud (Lameque-Shippagan-Miscou) announced that the new department would be renamed the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Aquaculture to reflect the desire of the farmers, fishermen, and aquaculturists
to have their traditional identities reflected in the name of the new department.
I want our fishermen, aquaculturists
and all involved in shore-based seafood production to contribute to this initiative.