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  • This article was published in the May/June 2008 edition of Aquaculture Magazine and discusses some of the issues surrounding the production of biodiesel. The author suggests algae as potential, alternative sources for biodiesel production.

    Author(s): Michael Briggs
  • This week in Nature Climate Change an international team of scientists have published results of the first ever sub-sea carbon dioxide impact, detection and monitoring experiment relevant to Carbon dioxide Capture and Storage (CCS) in sub-seabed storage reservoirs. This innovative study was designed to understand how marine life on the seabed and in the water above might react to a real-life leakage, as well as determine methods for detection and monitoring of a small-scale carbon dioxide (CO2) leak event. The research found that, for a leak of this scale, the environmental damage was limited; restricted to a small area and with a quick recovery of both the chemistry and biology.

    Author(s): Jerry Blackford
  • At the beginning of 2010, an estimated 27 billion animals were being kept as livestock globally, with 66 billions slaughtered each year around the globe (Schlatzer, 2010). This exceeds the number of human inhabitants on the globe almost by an order of magnitude.

    Global meat production has doubled between 1980 and 2007 from 136.7 to 285.7 million tons, egg production rose by 150 percent from 27.4 to 67.8 million tons, and milk production has risen from 465 to 671.3 million tons (FAO, 2009b). Pork accounts for 40 percent of the global meat production, poultry for 30 percent and beef for 22 percent, and 55 percent of the global pig production, 61 percent of the global egg production and 72 percent of the global poultry meat production takes place in industrial systems (FAO, 2009b), where feed production often occurs far away from the livestock facilities. 

    Author(s): Kurt Schmidinger
  • The National Seaweed Forum, commissioned by the Minister for the Marine and Natural Resources in 1999, evaluated the current status of the Irish Seaweed Industry, investigate the potential uses of seaweeds and identify measures to be undertaken for developing the different industrial sectors.

    Seaweed aquaculture was identified as a key area for the development of the Irish Seaweed Industry to meet growing market demands and to create attractive and high–skilled jobs in peripheral communities in coastal areas. 

    Author(s): Marine Institute