Responsible Aquaculture Foundation


New Pond Bottom Management Course Completes Water Quality Series

The Responsible Aquaculture Foundation has just added Pond Bottom Management in Aquaculture as the 10th title in its series on water quality. The new course completes RAF’s initial online water quality course content. As outlined in the course, the chemical composition of the water in aquaculture ponds is significantly influenced by interactions between the water and the soil that forms the pond bottoms. Learn how feeding controls, aeration, bottom dryout and other practices can help maintain proper bottom conditions and support effective production.
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Responsible Aquaculture Foundation Expands Online Water Quality Curriculum

RAF has added two new courses to its online training on water quality in aquaculture: Pond Liming and Fertilization, and Ammonia and Toxic Metabolite Management in Aquaculture. The new courses will help users understand basic principles regarding liming and metabolite management, as well as appropriate products and methods for improving water quality in culture environments. A similar structure will be followed as the Responsible Aquaculture Foundation evolves over the coming months.
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Foundation Launches New Seafood Safety Courses

Three courses developed with Dr. Steve Otwell form the basis of a new RAF study area: Seafood Safety. “Seafood Safety for Aquaculture Products” introduces the potential food safety problems at aquaculture facilities and the layers of management required to control them. “Good Manufacturing Practices at Aquaculture Processing Plants” promotes recommended practices regarding health and hygiene, cleaning and sanitizing, employee training and routine monitoring. “Aquaculture Compliance With U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act” explains the changes FSMA is driving in food safety regulations and implications for buyers.
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RAF Adds New Water Quality Courses

Two new courses have been added to RAF’s popular water quality series. “Water Circulation and Aeration” addresses how these topics influence seafood production in both pond-based and cage systems. “Water Quality in Aquaculture: An Introduction” describes how culture water must provide a suitable living environment while also supporting feeding and handling of waste products.
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New Course Recognizes Importance of Social Accountability in Aquaculture

An important new course from the Responsible Aquaculture Foundation addresses social responsibility as an essential element of aquaculture. As the most extensive, in-depth course now offered by RAF, “Social Accountability in Aquaculture” covers fundamental labor rights, worker safety and health, and community relations.
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New Course Outlines Phosphorus, Phytoplankton Management in Aquaculture

The Responsible Aquaculture Foundation has loaded a new course in its online series on water quality: Phosphorus and Phytoplankton Management in Aquaculture. Phosphorus concentrations and phytoplankton abundance are interrelated and must be managed through controlled pond fertilization and regulation of stocking and feeding rates.
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RAF Water Quality Courses Now in Chinese, Spanish

The Responsible Aquaculture Foundation has expanded its selection of courses on water quality by adding Chinese and Spanish translations of three titles: Total Suspended Solids Management in Aquaculture, pH Management in Aquaculture and Dissolved Oxygen Management in Aquaculture.
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Water Quality Series Grows With New Dissolved Oxygen Course

RAF has added a new Dissolved Oxygen Management in Aquaculture course to its growing series of online courses addressing water quality. The new course was designed to help users understand basic theory regarding dissolved oxygen, how to measure it and how to effectively manage this important water quality parameter.
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New RAF Courses Address Water Quality

The Responsible Aquaculture Foundation has launched two new online courses for aquaculturists: Total Suspended Solids Management in Aquaculture and pH Management in Aquaculture. Developed with the assistance of renowned expert Dr. Claude Boyd, the free courses are the first in a new series of RAF courses on water quality.
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RAF Launches New Courses in Chinese, Vietnamese, Spanish

The RAF Education Program has broadened its selections with Chinese, Vietnamese and Spanish translations of courses on managing shrimp diseases at aquaculture farms and hatcheries. Users can select translated versions of the home page or link directly to the new titles. After creating an account, initial registration provides access to all available courses. …Read More

RAF Offers New Courses on EHP Management

The Responsible Aquaculture Foundation has expanded its online education program with two new courses on managing EHP at aquaculture facilities for shrimp. The courses focus on critical control points and outline recommended practices for minimizing the impacts of the disease. …Read More

RAF Launches Online Educational Lessons For EMS

The Responsible Aquaculture Foundation has developed four online educational modules to help the global shrimp-farming industry better manage early mortality syndrome (EMS). The modules are now available for public use at…Read More

Two More Members Join RAF Board

Dr. Everett Barnes Jr. of RMC Research Corporation and Dr. Michael Tlusty of the New England Aquarium have joined the board of directors of the Responsible Aquaculture Foundation (RAF), the educational arm of the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA). …Read More

RAF, University Partner To Deliver Online EMS Training

The Responsible Aquaculture Foundation (RAF), the charitable arm of the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA), is partnering with the University of New Hampshire (UNH) to deliver learning modules on the prevention and management of early mortality syndrome (EMS) in shrimp for famers and other stakeholders in Vietnam. …Read More

GAA’s Wally Stevens To Lead Responsible Aquaculture Foundation

After seven years as executive director of the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA), Wally Stevens will be transitioning to a leadership role with the Responsible Aquaculture Foundation (RAF), a charitable organization established by GAA under Stevens’ leadership to offer education and training in support of responsible aquaculture. …Read More

RAF: Shrimp Farmers Unite to Fight White Spot in East Africa

Work on reducing the risk of white spot syndrome virus (WSSV) at shrimp farms in East Africa through improved management and policy is progressing, thanks, in part, to a Responsible Aquaculture Foundation (RAF) case study conducted in mid-May. …Read More

New GAA Fund To Further Responsible Aquaculture

The Global Aquaculture Alliance is launching an initiative to finance a range of projects to further responsible aquaculture and ultimately increase the availability of certified seafood production worldwide, the organization announced in early February. …Read More

A Legend Of Leadership

Wally Stevens is one of the most respected men in seafood, a big-picture thinker who nonetheless regards the global seafood supply chain as a community with mutual interests. Over his 45-year career, he’s provided steady leadership at trusted seafood suppliers like Slade Gorton in Boston and, over the past eight years, the Global Aquaculture Alliance. …Read More

RAF Joins Partnership For Aquaculture Safety

The World Bank has selected the Responsible Aquaculture Foundation to participate in the Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP), a public-private initiative dedicated to improving the safety of food in middle-income and developing countries through training and technical support. RAF will provide educational support and science-based programs to address major issues for responsible and successful aquaculture production and product distribution. …Read More