Sea Pact funds three new aquaculture projects
US sustainable seafood alliance Sea Pact is to fund three new aquaculture projects to help drive sustainability in the industry.
The recipients of the Sea Pact funding grants are The Asian Seafood Improvement Collaborative (ASIC) project, the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership’s (SFP) project and the British Columbia Centre for Aquatic Health Sciences (BC CAHS).
“We congratulate the selected organizations and look forward to game-changing results from these projects which all have a strong relevance for creating positive change for our industry and for the sustainability of the oceans,” said Hamish Walker, chief operating officer of Seattle Fish Co and chair of the Sea Pact Advisory Council.
ASIC aims to assess and improve black tiger shrimp fisheries in Vietnam and Indonesia that supply the wild caught broodstock to produce seeds for culture which are considered “Overfished” by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
The project seeks to utilise the ASIC fishery improvement protocol to assess and improve the sustainability of black tiger shrimp fisheries and help shrimp aquaculture producers ensure their industry is more sustainable.
The SFP project is focused on creating a tool that will enable seafood production industries to improve regional water quality management and protection of the water resource that is essential to all aquaculture production.
Renewed Sea Pact funding is continuing to support the British Columbia Centre for Aquatic Health Sciences (BC CAHS) innovative and successful research project that is seeking to radically improve sea lice mitigation within the net-pen farmed salmon industry.
The seventh round of project funding grant proposals will be announced later this summer.
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