Monday, March 19, 2018

19/03/2018: Whole Oceans to launch state-of-the-art recirculating aquaculture system, Maine

When Whole Oceans’ CEO Rob Piasio was growing up in Yarmouth, Maine, he knew that one day, he would help his state grow and prosper

After more than six years of research and preparation, Rob is leading efforts to launch Whole Oceans, a state-of-the-art recirculating aquaculture system (RAS), that will raise Atlantic salmon on the site of the former Verso paper mill in the heart of Bucksport, Maine.

At full production, Whole Oceans will create hundreds of direct jobs and invest more than $250 million in Bucksport.

RAS is an entirely land-based technology that optimises growing conditions that help fish thrive. Water is continuously recycled through ultra purification systems, creating a clean, healthy growing environment that eliminates the use of antibiotics. The result is an earth friendly, superior grade salmon.

Image credit: Whole Oceans

“The time for RAS has arrived and Whole Oceans will make Bucksport a global leader in sustainable Atlantic salmon production,” according to Mr Piasio. “But this story is much bigger than just Whole Oceans. This story is also about the resiliency and determination of towns throughout Maine that make projects like this possible. Whole Oceans is entering a long term partnership with the community of Bucksport, a responsibility we accept with the greatest care, and together we will strive to make Whole Oceans a source of pride every single day.”

The arrival of Whole Oceans is welcome news to Maine Governor Paul R. LePage, whose administration and regulatory agencies have been monitoring the progress of Whole Oceans.

“’Maine is open for business’ has been my motto from day one,” the Governor said. “Whole Oceans and its Maine-grown team will be an important addition to our state’s economy and transformative for Bucksport.”

Whole Oceans is confident that land-based Atlantic salmon is a product in high demand. How confident? Whole Oceans already has pre-sold 100% of its total production for the next 10 years.

According to Ben Willauer, Whole Oceans’ Director of Corporate Development, Freeport resident, and current board member of the Nature Conservancy of Maine, “In all my years in investing, I have never seen a more obvious and compelling business model than Whole Oceans. All aspects of this plan have been carefully considered, with an uncompromising dedication to ‘doing the right thing’ toward every decision, at every level. It is with great pride and purpose I am able to help bring this project to Bucksport.”

Whole Oceans is garnering praise for its desire to bring an industry that provides both prosperity and environmental sustainability to Maine. “Whole Oceans’ investment is exciting news for Maine’s coastal economy and communities,” said Senator Susan Collins. “Rob Piasio and his team are bringing innovative, sustainable jobs to Bucksport while providing the world with high-quality, wholesome salmon.”

Whole Oceans is breaking ground in Bucksport in 2018 and is already an important part of Maine’s future.

Read the full news release on the Whole Oceans website, HERE.

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19/03/2018: Over 700 attendees participate in the 2018 PISC

The American Feed Industry Association held its annual Purchasing and Ingredient Suppliers Conference (PISC) this week in Fort Worth, Texas

The three-day educational and networking program boasted a record 702 attendees, breaking last year’s record of 652 attendees, proving that it is becoming the “can’t miss” event for hundreds of feed ingredient buyers and sellers across the animal food industry.

“From the diverse line-up of speakers to the many opportunities for feed ingredient buyers and sellers to network and conduct their businesses at the conference and around town, PISC is truly where our members ‘get business done,’” said Veronica Rovelli, AFIA’s senior director of meetings and events. “This conference has grown exponentially over the past few years, and we believe it is because it provides a perfect venue for our members to foster and deepen relationships with their suppliers and clients.”

This year’s educational program featured several experts who spoke on topics such as: preparing your business for future success by learning to manage digital transformations; an outlook on the political landscape; discussions on the economics of the animal agriculture industry; and a motivational keynote about moving with purpose.

New this year, the Institute for Feed Education and Research, AFIA’s public charity, sponsored a lunchtime screening of the documentary, “Food Evolution,” which explores the challenges the world faces in feeding a growing population and the critical role that biotechnology plays in addressing them. Following the screening, one of the featured experts from the film, Alison Van Eenennaam, Ph.D., a cooperative extension specialist in animal genomics and biotechnology at the University of California, Davis, led a discussion on the important role of communicating science to consumer audiences.

“People often ask me why I have been out there talking about this film, and I tell them that I care because there have been several documented cases throughout history of the agriculture industry losing access to safe technology due to fear, misleading marketing, and public perception,” Ms Van Eenennaam said. “As a scientific community and agriculture industry, we have a responsibility to be more vocal in calling out those who demonise our industry to replace facts with fiction. By focusing on having conversations around shared values, we can show how we are achieving greater environmental sustainability through better science and innovation.”

Conference attendees also had the opportunity to meet with 12 members as part of the PISC Suppliers Showcase and participate in other networking activities, such as the annual golf tournament and sporting clays outing. 

For more on this year's conference, including photos, see AFIA's Twitter handle @FeedFolks and Facebook page, HERE.  

Next year’s conference will be held May 13-16, 2019, in Orlando, Florida.

Visit the AFIA website, HERE.

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Leiber company profile

Now with more than 140 employees, with each one a specialist in his or her domain, Leiber has a well-proven team in a company following a clear strategy for more than 50 years: working with values.

“What makes us unique? We focus on what we know best. Yeast. Production on the highest level of quality. Latest technology. New findings from science and research. The performance of a team of specialists. 

This is what defines Leiber´s strategic orientation. This is what makes us truly entrepreneurial”, as explained on the Leiber website.

“The markets´ requirements are changing - we are able to follow. This is how we became one of the leading manufacturers of specialised yeast products”.

Visit the website HERE.

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Friday, March 16, 2018

16/03/2018: Aquabotix announces sale of hybrid vehicle to KIGAM

This week UUV Aquabotix Ltd announced the sale of a Hybrid vehicle to the Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIGAM)

The government-supported geological marine institute will utilise the Hybrid and its technology for ongoing geoscience and energy research in the Korean waters. Aquabotix and KIGAM jointly announced the sale at the Oceanology International 2018 conference in London, which took place March 13-15. 

Image credit: Aquabotix
“We are excited to provide KIGAM with the means to achieve its research goals and uncover vital energy resources hidden under the sea, particularly given the organisation’s deep history and dedication to protecting the earth,” said David Batista, CEO of Aquabotix. “We are eager to see how the functionality and brain power of our Hybrid vehicle benefits KIGAM in their quest to create a brighter future for both the Korean peninsula and the world.” 

The Company’s Hybrid vehicle can search wide areas using AUV mode (untethered) while conducting detailed inspections using ROV mode (tethered). Users can easily switch from AUV mode to ROV mode by attaching the tether to remotely control the vehicle’s six degrees of freedom of motion. When running the vehicle in autonomous operation, all mission planning is completed in an intuitive Windows-based application. The Company’s Hybrid vehicle is designed for use across several sectors, including research, environmental assessment and infrastructure.

“The lightweight feel and ease-of-use of Aquabotix’s Hybrid vehicle will be instrumental in helping us fulfill our research and tasks over multiple missions,” said Jung Kyun Shin, KIGAM senior researcher. “Having the capacity to operate this vehicle in both untethered and tethered modes also allows us to properly explore underwater areas that have previously proved difficult to navigate. We look forward to leveraging the power of hybrid as we work to promote Korea’s sustainable future.”

Founded in 1918, KIGAM is dedicated to boosting sustainable national development by further advancing science and technology. KIGAM pursues this mission by conducting geological surveys inside and outside of Korea and disseminating research outcomes in fields such as mineral resources, geohazards and climate change. KIGAM also works to explore innovation and the convergence of pioneering technology to achieve world-class research and create new technologies.

For more information, visit the Aquabotix website, HERE.

Visit the KIGAM website, HERE.

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16/03/2018: First evidence of ocean warming around Galápagos corals

According to a recent news release from the University of Arizona, a UA led team has studied the natural temperature archives stored in coral and found the ocean around the Galápagos Islands has been warming since the 1970s.

The finding surprised the University of Arizona-led research team, because the sparse instrumental records for sea surface temperature for that part of the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean did not show warming. 

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"People didn’t know that the Galápagos or eastern Pacific was warming. People theorised or suggested it was cooling," said lead author Gloria Jimenez, a UA doctoral candidate in geosciences.

Scientists thought strong upwelling of colder deep waters spared the region from the warming seen in other parts of the Pacific, she said.

"My colleagues and I show that the ocean around the northern Galápagos Islands is warming and has been since the 1970s," Dr Jimenez said.

The research is part of her doctoral work. Dr Jimenez studied cores taken from coral heads in the uninhabited northern part of Ecuador's Galápagos National Park. The cores represented the years 1940 to 2010. Corals lay down seasonal growth layers that serve as a natural archive of ocean temperatures.

Her analysis revealed that from 1979 to 2010, regional ocean temperatures increased almost 0.4 degrees F (0.2 degrees C) per decade — about 1.1 degrees F (0.6 degrees C) overall. The very strong El Niño of 1982-1983 temporarily warmed the surrounding ocean so much that most of the corals in the southern part of the Galápagos died, said co-author Julia Cole, who collected the coral cores while she was a faculty member at the UA.

Warming Is 'Particularly Disturbing'
She is concerned about ocean warming around the northern Galápagos and parts of the eastern tropical Pacific.

"Warming in this area is particularly disturbing, because it's the only place that reefs have persisted in the Galápagos. This suggests those reefs are more vulnerable than we thought," said Dr Cole, who is now a professor of earth and environmental sciences at the University of Michigan.

The research paper, "Northern Galápagos corals reveal twentieth century warming in the eastern tropical Pacific," by Dr Jimenez, Dr Cole and their co-authors, Diane M. Thompson of Boston University in Massachusetts and Alexander W. Tudhope of the University of Edinburgh in the UK, was published in Geophysical Research Letters on Wednesday.

The National Science Foundation, the UK Natural Environment Research Council and the Philanthropic Education Organisation Fellowship funded the research. For 30 years, Dr Cole, a paleoclimatologist, has been studying climate change and the El Niño/La Niña climate cycle.

In 1989, she went to the Galápagos hoping to use the natural climate archives stored in corals to develop a long-term record of El Niño, but found that none of the large, old corals others reported had survived the intense warming of the 1982-1983 El Niño.

"We went from site to site — and they were all gone," Dr Cole said. "One of my co-workers said, 'There used to be corals here, and now all I see is sand.'"

Years later, she heard large corals were still alive near Wolf Island in the remote northern part of the Galápagos archipelago, so in 2010 she followed up on the tip with a team that included co-authors Tudhope and Thompson, then a UA geosciences graduate student. The team members dived to the reef and took several cores from large, blobby dome-shaped Porites lobata corals using an underwater hydraulic drill powered by vegetable oil.

The 3 1/2-inch (8.9 cm) diameter cores ranged from 2 to 3 feet long and had annual bands 0.4 to 0.8 inch (1-2 cm) wide. Each core showed damage from when the coral stopped growing during the 1982-1983 El Niño and then started growing again.

Dr Jimenez used chemical analysis to tease temperature information out of two of those coral cores. Coral skeletons are made mostly of calcium carbonate. However, corals sometimes substitute the element strontium for the calcium.

Corals substitute more strontium when the water is cold and less when the water is warm, so the strontium/calcium ratio of a bit of skeleton can reveal what the water temperature was when that piece of skeleton formed. 

Read the full article on the University of Arizona website, HERE.

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Aller Aqua company profile

Aller Aqua produce fish feed for freshwater and saltwater aquaculture. That is the brief presentation, but it doesn’t even come close to covering the entire story.

Aller Aqua is a family owned company with roots tracing back more than a thousand years. They have produced fish feed for more than 50 years, and this makes them one of the worlds most experienced fish feed producers, delivering some of the best products on the market, to their customers.

Today Aller Aqua has factories in Denmark, Poland, Germany and Egypt, they export products to more than 70 countries worldwide. They have a broad and professional product range, consisting of feed for 30 species of fish.

According to their website, “We know the importance the right feed plays in our customers production, and therefore our own professional development- and research centre in Germany, Aller Aqua Research, consistently works on optimising, developing and documenting the effect of our products. This ensures that our customers receive top-quality professional products, at competitive prices – delivered on time. As a company we are big enough to meet your needs, and small enough to be flexible”.

“This ensures that we can react quickly to our customer’s needs, which is essential when you strive not only to deliver fish feed, but also to spar with and contribute to optimising our customers businesses. Our experience and history is our guarantee to our customers that we know what we are talking about, that we keep our promises, and that we are right here – and that will still be the case in many years to come”.

Visit the website HERE.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

15/03/2018: Study looks to improve performance of the world’s toughest triathletes

by Aker BioMarine

Aker BioMarine, Pure Science Triathlon team and Norseman have pioneered a study that examines the effects of krill oil omega-3s on athletic performance and recovery. 

Image credit: Aker BioMarine
The Isklar Norseman Xtreme Triathlon is considered the ultimate triathlon in the world. Racing through some of the most beautiful landscapes in Norway, those who are able to finish at the rocky peak of Gaustatoppen (located at 1,850m above sea level) can say that they travelled one of the toughest full distance triathlon on planet earth. And in addition to the grueling physical aspect of the race, the weather can range from beautiful and sunny to a blasting wind and blizzards, sometimes all in one day.

Unmatched by other extreme events due to its difficult and punishing severity, the annual ‘fjord to peak’ Norseman Xtreme Triathlon provides the ideal test with which to gauge just how important a role omega-3s can play in ultimate performance.

Omega-3s are some of the most important nutrients that our bodies need. They are essential for maintaining and supporting cardiovascular, brain, eye and joint health. They are also important for sports endurance and recovery, which is why Aker BioMarine has set out to explore the effects that krill oil has on Norseman athletes and Team Pure Science.

Part professionally run triathlon team, part clinical field study, Team Pure Science is made-up of a diverse group. Elite level professionals, such as 2016 Norseman winner Kari Flottorp Lingsom and former World Ironman Champion under 24 Hans Christian Tungesvik are paired up for this study in addition to dedicated amateurs.

Study leader, Dr Andreas Berg Storsve, Director R&D at Aker BioMarine, explains the background behind this unique research project. “We know that high-intensity training has an impact on immune function and inflammation, making athletes especially vulnerable to illness and infections. This has a direct impact on the athletes’ physical recovery and performance.”

“In order to thoroughly research the effects of omega-3 DHA and EPA in regards to maximal exercise, we didn’t have to look far. Norseman athletes are some of the strongest competitors in the world. The fact that these incredible athletes are meticulous in their training, routines and diet, makes them the perfect research subjects”, he continued.

Read the full article on the Aker BioMarine website, HERE.

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