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Thursday, June 22, 2017

23/06/2017: Scottish mussel hatchery project receives international boost

An innovative project to get Scottish mussels to spawn in a hatchery environment has received an international boost with a visit from Tasmanian partners Spring Bay Seafoods – operators of one of the world’s few commercial-scale mussel hatcheries

The partners first met during a four-day fact-finding mission to Spring Bay Seafoods in February 2015; the insights from which helped inform the £1.7m 30-month project by the Scottish Shellfish Marketing Group (SSMG) and University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI), with co-funding from the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC), Highlands and Islands Enterprise, and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund.

Bryce Daly (left) with project board member Lindsay Angus (right)
Image credit: Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre
Now, with the first year of project operations well underway, the team have hosted Spring Bay Seafoods’ Hatchery Manager Bryce Daly for a three-week visit to the NAFC Marine Centre UHI in Scalloway, Shetland.

There, he has been observing the systems in place, sharing his husbandry expertise and helping the team hone the skills necessary to rear mussels in a hatchery environment.

Michael Tait, Chairman of SSMG and Shetland-based mussel farmer, says, “The visit has come at a hugely opportune time for the project. We have had lots of spawning but increasing post-spawn survival rates has been a core focus. Bryce, with his many years of experience in hatchery production, has helped identify several small adjustments that should significantly improve survivability.”

These adjustments are already being implemented and closely monitored on a new batch of mussels, and the project partners are optimistic that they will have the first numbers of hatchery-reared spat going out to farm sea sites soon.

Bryce Daly added, “The team have all the systems in place. They have the knowledge and expertise necessary. Most of all, they have the desire and determination to make it work. I look forward to seeing them reap real results as we remain in close contact throughout the project lifetime.”

Currently, Scotland produces over 7,700 tonnes of farmed mussels – 74 percent of which are produced in Shetland – generating an estimated £11.7m for the economy.

If successful, the pilot hatchery project will lead to a commercial-scale hatchery, resulting in higher and more reliable yields of spat, additional jobs and wider distribution of sites – all of which combined will help towards the Scottish shellfish sector’s growth ambitions of 21,000 tonnes annually by 2030.

Read more HERE.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

22/06/2017: Aquaculture Singapore 2017 speakers announced

Hosted by Asian Aquaculture Network (AAN) in collaboration with Temasek Polytechnic Singapore AquaSG'17 is a true industry forum and platform with topical and regionally relevant conference and workshop session, tailored to facilitate networking, foster learning and provoke conversations that mater

This year's event will look to address: Knowledge management and education, training and skills development for aquaculture intensification and disease management.

Challenges faced by the current state of aquaculture and development of support industries. Economics, social and technical drivers for intensification, including policy examples and overview of current status of aquaculture in the Asia pacific region.

Below are the first confirmed speakers:

Dr Dustin R. Moss
Director - Oceanic Institute
Hawaii Pacific University

Dr Albert G. J. Tacon
Technical Director - Aquatic Farms Ltd.
Hawaii, USA

Tzachi M Samocha
Professor - AgriLife Research, Marine Solutions & Feed Technology, Spring,
Texas, USA

Yoram Avnimelech
Professor - Technion Institute of Technology,
Israel ​

Mr Lim Meng Huat

COO - Apollo Aquaculture Group Pte. Ltd.,

John Bostock MSC
Aquaculture Programme Director
Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling, UK.

Dr Shaun M. Moss
Executive Director - Oceanic Institute,
Hawaii Pacific University. ​ ​​

Dr Farshad Shishehchian
President & CEO - Blue Aqua International Group,

Dr Niti Chuchird
Professor - Kasetsart University,
Bangkok, Thailand. ​

Dr Gilha Yoon
Assistant Professor, Department of Marine Science and Fisheries,
Sultan Qaboos University, Oman

Following the success of AquaSG’16, with plenary speakers from Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA), Oceanic Institute of Hawaii (OI), and Blue Aqua International Group - AquaSG’17 seeks to open up new markets and opportunities for Singapore’s agricultural sector by being an effective platform for thought leaders in the industry, farmers, academics, technology players and investors to foster learning, innovation and exchange ideas that will transform the future of our farming sector.

Alongside the conference program, exhibition opportunities are also made available for companies to present their innovations - nutrition products, farm management technology, diagnostics and therapeutics, to encourage sustainable practices within the industry.

Tickets can be purchased, HERE. Note that early bird sales end 31st July, 2017.

For more information visit, the website HERE.

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22/06/2017: Where will the UK stand on the international aquacultural chessboard after Brexit?

by Zasha Whiteway-Wilkinson, International Aquafeed

Nowadays, it seems that politics is forever at the tip of everyone’s tongue, whether it be the recent French presidential race, which saw Emmanuel Macron defeat far-right runner-up Marine Le Pen, although only after a second vote; or the on-going controversy surrounding Donald Trump’s presidency of the United States; or Britain’s narrowly decided vote to leave the European Union in June last year and Prime Minister Theresa May’s unexpected call for a general election only a few weeks’ ago

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Whilst we wait for Great Britain’s representatives to lock down with those in Brussels upon the exact terms of the Brexit deal, it is important to consider directly how it may affect the structure of Britsh politics including our aquaculture industry.

Dr Simon Doherty [BVMS CertAqV MRCVS MRQA CBiol FRSB] is the Animal Sciences & Aquaculture specialist for the HM Government’s Department for International Trade (DIT). In this article he describes his role in supporting trade and investment into the UK livestock industry and his interests in the global aquaculture sector.

His insight provides an interesting and vital perspective on the outlook and opportunities of the United Kingdoms aquaculture industries.

As Simon explains, “My job at DIT is to sell the UK as the great location it is for investment and to promote UK company excellence and capability in overseas markets. I work within the Agri-Tech Organisation in DIT which is made up of a core team of civil servants working alongside contracted industry specialists covering plant sciences, precision agriculture, animal sciences and aquaculture. The organisation provides a range of services to overseas companies considering an investment in the UK, as well as to UK-based companies considering an expansion into new markets abroad. Ultimately it’s about job and wealth creation for the UK economy. Attracting world-class companies with cutting edge technology not only creates jobs and wealth but it also adds great intellectual capital to the excellence that already exists in the UK. The economy needs a strong export performance and I’m also working with UK-based companies - many of them existing investors – to help their development and growth in overseas markets, matching their excellence and expertise to opportunities and needs around the world.”

Expanding, he explains that, “DIT has a global network with a presence in over 100 countries, and strong partnerships throughout the UK delivering our services. In-house capability services the needs of investors in areas like tax guidance, planning, talent, suitable locations and support through financial modelling tools provide independent comparisons on profitability between the UK and competitor countries. Making connections for companies who need access to other parts of Government, academia, business or professional bodies is an essential component of the job. In aquaculture, my portfolio covers everything from pharmaceuticals and vaccines to instruments and machinery for fish farms, so the requests for support from companies can be quite diverse. This often means facilitating connections for client companies with non-governmental organisations such as UK universities, research institutes and innovation centres – including the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre – helping to drive innovation and sustainability in the sector, both of which underpin trade and inward investment potential. Continued investment in appropriate novel technologies is precisely what will keep the UK aquaculture sector resilient and competitive in the global market.”

Read the full article, HERE.

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FAMSUN company profile

Muyang Co, Ltd recently announced changing its brand name from Muyang to FAMSUN starting May 2014. This move is prompted by the idea of better illustrating the company’s business and the farm-to-table industry chain it serves. It is consistent with Muyang’s global strategy and its aim of becoming an integrated solution provider in the agro-industry.

FAMSUN originates from “famous, farm, family, sun and union”; it implies Muyang Co, Ltd’s development concept and vision, which is to build a green and healthy supply chain from farm to table together with its customers and to convert traditional agriculture into a modern, profitable and sustainable business with its integrated solutions in feed manufacturing, grain milling, grain handling and storage, food processing, as well as industrial automation.

The creative design of the FAMSUN logo features a beveled letter “F”, a curvy letter “A”, a stretching letter “S” and a friendly letter “U”. It will be the only signage representing Muyang’s business, products, service and solutions. Meanwhile, the company will continue to operate in its current structure, provide follow-up service based on relevant agreement, and its business contacts will remain unchanged. 

Visit the website HERE.

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21/06/2017: FoodTechAfrica aquaculture project in East Africa

"FoodTechAfrica - Driving East Africa's Blue Revolution"

 "Empowering aquaculture in East Africa"

 FoodTechAfrica is a consortium of Dutch and East African companies, universities and governments who jointly invest in fish farming for the East African market. 

 The video shows many of the key partners who have been working very hard the last couple of years to boost the local fish value chain. 

 The images were shot during the festive opening of Unga's fish feed factory in Nairobi in March this year and visit to the fist farm. 

 For more information of FoodTechAfrica click here. 

 You can also read a previous feature by the team at International Aquafeed magazine here.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

21/06/2017: Chilean salmon industry reduces total use of antibiotics but it’s still 700 times higher than in Norway

Due to the “2016 Report on Antimicrobial use in National Salmon Farming” published by Sernapesca, marine conservation organisation Oceana recognised that the industry did diminish the use of antibiotics, however, this figure is still high

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According to the report, in order to produce 727,812 tons of salmon, Chile used 382,500 kilos of antibiotics, while Norway used 523 kilos to produce twice the amount of salmon, according to the latest information available on this European country.

“In spite of reducing the use of antibiotics, the salmon industry’s levels are still disturbing”, warned Oceana’s Executive Director Liesbeth van der Meer.

“Norway seems to have found the right formula and barely uses them in their production. In fact, today less than one percent of salmon produced in that country is treated with antibiotics, which demonstrates that antibiotic-free salmon can be produced by making an effort”, added Ms van der Meer.

The Sernapesca report shows a 15 percent reduction in the antibiotic consumption rate when compared to 2015. This rate compares the amount used with the biomass produced. In addition, the annual salmon harvest dropped by 17.5 percent compared to that same year.

This is partially explained by Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB) that affected the industry between January and March last year, which resulted in the loss of 106,000 tons, which accounts for 12 percent of annual production.

Furthermore, the Under-Secretariat of Fisheries (Subpesca) took measures, among them the regulation of maximum density allowed at concessions, according to their sanitation quality.

“This is a breaking point for the antibiotic consumption rate, which had been steadily rising these past five years. However, it is urgent to gain further transparency on how the salmon farming industry works. This is the only way to establish regulations that will prevent sanitation crisis, regulate density and create measures for disease control”, stated Ms van der Meer.

Information on the use of antimicrobials, the type and amount, what they are used for and how they are used by businesses is extremely useful to assess the performance of the national salmon farming industry.

According to the World Health Organisation, antimicrobial resistance is currently one of the greatest public health problems. Fully understanding the complete production process of salmon is essential, considering that it is meant for human consumption.

Visit the Oceana website, HERE.

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21/06/2017: ParaFishControl, aqua feed and parasitic disease management in aquaculture

Connecting the dots between aqua feeds and the management of parasitic diseases in aquaculture

Saprolegnia infected salmon eggs.
Photo credit: (copyright) Irene De Brujin (Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Science)
Parasitic diseases affecting fish can significantly impact aquaculture production and economic performance so in 2016, International Aquafeed published a feature discussing the aims of the European Union Horizon 2020 funded research project ParaFishControl.

The project is addressing the challenges of parasitic disease prevention and management, aimed at assuring the sustainability and competitiveness of the European aquaculture industry. Here, we catch up with the project’s latest developments.

Managing fish-parasites
One of the key goals of the strategic agenda of the European Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform (EATiP) is to improve fish health and welfare by increasing the understanding of host-pathogen interactions and to provide access to effective vaccines and immune-modulators.

Aligned with this ambition, ParaFishControl’s tasks are to improve understanding of fish-parasite interactions and to develop effective management tools.

Such tools include diagnostic tests, vaccines, innovative treatments, aquafeed solutions, risk maps, best practice handbooks, and management manuals for the prevention, control, and mitigation of the most harmful parasitic species affecting key European farmed fish species.

There are nine different groups of these parasites, which vary in size from tiny unicellular organisms through fungi to worms.

Research discoveries
Partners in ParaFishControl have made a number of key discoveries since the start of the project in 2015, including the potential effects of nematode worms on fish and consumer health, the role of fungal communities as suppressors of other fungi, and the discovery of a peculiar “dance-like” movement of a parasitic cnidarian.

ParaFishControl researchers have also described Thelohanellus kitauei in Europe for the first time and elucidated the fourth two-host life cycle recorded in a Thelohanellus species, that is, a parasitic myxozoan (multicellular, eukaryotic parasites).

One team of ParaFishControl researchers has comprehensively reviewed the “macrophages first” hypothesis for polarized or differential immune responses. Macrophages are part of innate (inborn/non-specific) immunity, whereas T and B lymphocytes (special types of white blood cells) are part of adaptive (acquired/specific) immunity.

The “macrophages first” hypothesis builds on the idea that initial triggers for macrophage polarization could rely on early sensing of parasites by the innate immune system, not necessarily requiring adaptive immunity.

This means that the different types of macrophages can be activated independently to fulfill their roles like causing inflammation and killing pathogens, or healing and restoring damaged tissue, which allows for a much faster reaction of the host’s immune response.

This research was led by the ParaFishControl partner University of Wageningen in the Netherlands and was published in Molecular Immunology (Wiegertjes et al. 2016; DOI: 10.1016/j.molimm.2015.09.026).

Read the full article, HERE.

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