Sunday, May 20, 2018

21/05/2018: Maine wants to return salmon and herring to historic habitat, USA

A Maine state project aims to bring salmon and river herring back to a tributary of one of the state's major rivers. 

Togus Pond - Augusta, MaineImage credit: Doug Kerr on Flickr(CC BY-SA 2.0)
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is using its Species Recovery Grants to States Program to award more than $310,000 USD to the Maine Department of Marine Resources for the project. The state wants to restore salmon and herring back to Togus Stream.

The stream is a tributary of the Kennebec River. The state says the river was once home to the fish, but the construction of barriers has blocked them from their historical habitat for more than two centuries.

Marine resources department sea run fisheries director Sean Ledwin says the stream has the potential to support runs of more than 300,000 river herring into Togus Pond every year.

For more infomation visit the Maine Public website, HERE.

Visit the 
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration website, HERE.

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21/05/2018: The best of British aquaculture

by Zasha Whiteway-Wilkinson, Production Editor, International Aquafeed

Aquaculture UK, the biannual fish farming event held in Aviemore, Scotland, between May 23-24, 2018, is set to attract the biggest and widest array of visitors in recent years.

Hosted by Benchmark Holdings PLC, who are “a pioneering, innovation company operating in the aquaculture, agriculture and animal health sectors”, the show will cover every aspect of aquaculture and boasts to provide the best commercial and technical advice for fish farmers, farm managers and aquaculture professionals.

In this edition of International Aquafeed you will see numerous news stories and features, especially surrounding technology where a line has been added in blue depicting where that company will be hosting a stand at the show. We have also featured a main focus interview with prominent show organiser Matthew Colvan as our main interview spread this month, where he talks about his history and the work that has gone into organising this year’s show.

You will see included in this preview a floor plan supplied by Aquaculture UK, which you will be able to use to find the necessary stands to expand your professional network. On the final page of this article you will also see that we have broken down the exhibitors into categories of different parts of the industry for ease of use for you to be able to find them at the show. These include:

1. Genetic eggs
2. Nets, cages and mooring systems
3. Feed and nutrition
4. Counting/grading and sorting machines
5. Barges and feeding systems
6. Fish health
7. Feeding systems
8. Underwater equipment – ROVs
9. Water Treatment
10. Other

At the show, International Aquafeed will be at stand 115, where we will have a number of magazines available and also the opportunity to speak with the team in regard to possible collaborations or editorial suggestions you may have for featuring any products or research you’re involved in in the magazine.

The timetable of the two days is as follows, between 1000-1700 in the Conference Tent in the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre there will be “Aquavation – the Ripple Sessions”, where SAIC will discuss how they’ve brought together industry and research to drive innovative solutions to industry-defined challenges within Scottish Aquaculture.

Read the full show preview in the online International Aquafeed magazine, HERE.

Visit the Aquaculture UK website, HERE.

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Extru-Tech Inc company profile

Founded in 1985, Extru-Tech® has installed numerous extrusion systems worldwide designed for the production of human food, pet food, aquatic feed and animal feed products.

Extru-Tech® also maintains the reputation of supplying the extrusion industry with superior quality replacement parts.

Extru-Tech® currently produces and markets one of the industry's most complete lines of extrusion processing systems. 

In addition, they offer a full line of ancillary equipment and customised equipment solutions for specialised processes.

Visit the website HERE

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The interview | Matt Colvan, Sales and Marketing Director, 5m Publishing

The interview: Matt Colvan has worked within the events and publishing sector for nearly 20 years, experience which stood him in good stead when 5m Publishing acquired the UK’s biggest aquaculture trade show, Aquaculture UK. After a successful first exhibition in 2016, the biannual show is about to run again in 2018 and is fast becoming Europe’s one-stop-shop for professionals in the global industry.
In the role of Sales and Marketing Director, a position he has held for nearly six years, Matt has been the driving force behind the show, which will be held in Aviemore, Scotland between May 23-24, 2018. Here, the De Montfort University graduate talks with International Aquafeed about the show which he says has “firmly established itself as an important and truly international trade event for the aquaculture industry.”

What has been your part in the organisation of Aquaculture UK? And what makes you the right person for such an exciting role?
Since we acquired the show in 2015 it’s been my aim to deliver the exhibition with the same professionalism and industry expertise that has allowed its reputation to grow over the years, and to increase its ambition. As we near our second round in 2018 I think we’re achieving this, with record delegate and exhibitor numbers and increasing interest from global, not just UK players. 2020 will be a huge year for us, as we build on the success so far.
Delivering important industry events like this really is my passion. As well as the fun (and sometime frantic!) process of putting it all together, it’s an unparalleled forum for the finest minds in aquaculture to exchange ideas and do business – it really matters, and that’s a real thrill to be a part of.

Have you always been interested in aquaculture, how has your career led you to where you are now?
Before I joined 5m I worked as part of a team delivering clean power solutions to the energy sector – being involved in a better future for our planet seems only logical to me. The same is true of working in aquaculture – at the end of the day, everything I do is a contribution to a more sustainable world, no matter how small.

What can visitors look forward to especially this year at Aquaculture UK? What makes this show different to previous events?
This year, the show doesn’t stop in the exhibition tent. There’s also an action-packed conference programme including in-depth sessions from the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC), the launch of 5m Publishing’s indispensable new manual on cleaner fish, and an exciting first – the Women in Aquaculture networking breakfast, featuring senior speakers from industry and government, which we encourage all delegates to attend for a stimulating discussion on the importance of diversity in the workforce.

This show is attracting people from all over the world – why do you think people have decided to make the international travel for the event, and do you think it is poised to be one of the most important events in the industry?
The aquaculture industry is a young, dynamic one, rapidly changing and developing. This energy is reflected in the exhibition this year, which has expanded beyond salmon to include shellfish and other species, and has attracted suppliers from outside the UK. It’s also simply bigger, with 50 percent more indoor exhibitor space than 2016, with more on show and improved services, including catering and conference facilities on site. In the outside space, our extended reach supports demonstrations of equipment including CleanTreat by Benchmark, AKVA group Scotland, Tideman Boats and Migdale transport, to name but a few.
We look forward to welcoming over 1,800 visitors over the two days. They’ll have the opportunity to view over 190 exhibitor stands, with 60 percent coming from the UK and Ireland and many from further afield, giving the show a truly international profile. Exhibitors include businesses from North America, Norway, Denmark, Germany, France, India, Mauritius and China.

Focusing on Scottish aquaculture, it is quite the hub for salmon production, is salmon a major feature in this show in your opinion and what makes Scottish salmon an iconic product?
Salmon is absolutely the headline product, being second only to whisky in importance to Scotland’s economy. The UK aquaculture sector is also a world leader in terms of sustainability and welfare, and the quality of product we are able to produce as a result. But we’ve made great strides in representing other species of finfish and shellfish, as well as equipment providers, and I hope the show continues to develop to represent the industry more widely.

What can the exhibitors expect of the visitors, do you think there will be a dominance of a certain sector of the industry or a wide variety?
Our delegate profiles show a fantastic range of experts from all areas of the industry - from students to farm managers to academics and CEOs. I honestly believe that if you can think of role in UK aquaculture, it will be represented at this year’s show.

How do shows such as this help in the goal to create a sustainable food future for the world?
Our mission, as part of Benchmark Knowledge Services, is to create forums where the finest aquaculture research and products can be shared for the benefit of the industry, and Aquaculture UK is a perfect example. Representing a significant and growing sector of the economy – the second biggest Scottish export market after whisky – investment and innovation in aquaculture are vital both to the sustainability of the global protein supply and to a growing international network of people and businesses.

Aquaculture is recognised as the fastest growing industry in the world, why do you think this is and how do think industry professionals have a responsibility to ensure environmentally friendly and ethical farming?
The challenge of feeding the growing global population is well known, and doing so sustainably is at the core of our business. If the industry isn’t sustainable, it has no future – it’s as simple as that.

How is technology important to the future of the industry and how do you think we will continue to see its development?
There is already an extraordinary level of technological sophistication represented across the aquaculture industry, with cutting edge research represented everywhere at the show – Benchmark’s CleanTreat, for example, promises to revolutionise sea lice treatment while protecting the environment. The next big opportunity I can see is in data – we are only just beginning to understand how sharing and analysing what we can monitor between and across farms can do for the global challenges of biosecurity and sustainability.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

18/05/2018: 3 in 5 livestock producers expect to use more phytogenic feed additives this year

Many in the livestock industry expect to increase their use of phytogenic feed additives (PFAs) in 2018. According to a recent survey of more than seven hundred agribusiness professionals, a full 60 percent of respondents reported that their PFA use would increase over the next 12 months.

Plant-based feed additives – specifically essential oils, plant extracts, herbs and spices – are known to have a range of biologically active properties that can be applied to modern animal production. These include anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and digestion enhancing effects.

Michael Noonan
Image credit: BIOMIN

Increasing interest
“We continue to see strong demand for PFAs from all sectors of the animal protein industry,” commented Michael Noonan, Global Product Line Manager Phytogenics at BIOMIN. “As the awareness and understanding of the benefits of scientifically tailored PFAs such as Digestarom® is growing, their commercial application becomes more widespread.”

Scientific findings underscore the fact that phytogenic feed additives can reduce the microbial threat and promote intestinal health, which is imperative for optimal performance and profitability.

Furthermore, reported results of market research in various countries suggest that consumers look favourably on the addition of phytogenic feed additives to animal feed.

These industry expectations, coupled with consumer acceptance, indicate the strong growth in demand for phytogenic feed additives for farm animals globally, in line with projections that the PFA market will reach the US$1 billion threshold by 2023.

Turning science into solutions
The upcoming BIOMIN Phytogenic Feed Additives Survey builds on similar work published in 2017.

“As a leading global supplier of PFAs, we are in constant contact with clients, researchers, valued distributors and our skilled sales and client support teams throughout the globe,” noted Mr Noonan.

“Through discussions with clients, trials and scientific research, we are continually highlighting the advantages that PFAs offer to the feed and livestock industries,” explained Mr Noonan.

BIOMIN has conducted hundreds of trials with phytogenic feed additives over the years. “Our scientific knowledge of PFAs and on-the-ground customer support throughout the world provide us the means to help our clients achieve the best outcomes,” Mr Noonan concluded.

Upcoming publication
More than 700 nutritionists, business owners, veterinarians and consultants located in over 80 countries provided their views on the use of phytogenic feed additives in livestock in the recent BIOMIN Phytogenic Feed Additive survey.

The full results of the actual BIOMIN Phytogenic Feed Additives Survey will be published in June 2018.

For more information visit the BIOMIN website, HERE.

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18/05/2018: Dr Eckel receives EU funding for major research project

Dr Eckel Animal Nutrition researches and develops innovative additives that help produce, use and store animal feed in a more effective and resource-efficient manner.

Sustainable, climate-friendly and animal-friendly food production is one of the major challenges of modern agriculture. The state of Rhineland-Palatinate has approved extensive funding for the development of a new product by medium-sized family business.

Dr Eckel Animal Nutrition, a medium-sized company based in Niederzissen, Germany, has been working towards more efficient feed use and improved animal welfare for more than twenty years. According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), more than 800 million people are still threatened with hunger. Meanwhile, about 30 percent of all resources worldwide—raw materials, soil, water and energy—go to waste, because food still rots in the fields, spoils due to mould or pests, gets damaged in transit or is destroyed. At the same time, extensive farming and intensive animal husbandry cause further problems such as soil over-fertilisation, drinking water pollution and climate-wrecking gas emissions. Policymakers, consumers, traders and producers are equally answerable for solutions to these global challenges.

Dr Eckel Animal Nutrition is committed to developing solutions, thus driving innovation, in the area of feed additives. The company is currently investing around €700,000 in a new research and development project, for which it is receiving funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) within the scope of the InnoTop programme of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate. The aim of the project is to develop a sanitising multifunctional additive for animal feed that can be used globally and that should help make valuable resources and animal feed more durable in accordance with FAO guidelines. Dr Eckel’s development team is collaborating with external partners, both local and foreign, on new combinations of active ingredients, measurement methods and production technologies to achieve this ambitious project goal.

Tilman Wilke, Product Development Team Manager, and Dr Michael Wilhelm, Technical Sales Team Manager, are very pleased and proud of the funding approval, both departments have put a lot of effort into thoroughly preparing for this project, achieving this success.

For Dr Bernhard Eckel, Head of Business Development and Sales, funding is not only an important tool for planning and implementing such large research and development projects, “Of course, funding provided by the Investment and Economic Development Bank of Rheinland-Pfalz (ISB) is a major risk buffer. However, this approval primarily confirms our commitment to contributing innovative solutions pertinent to our area, namely: resource-efficient and sustainable food production suitable for humans, animals and the environment.”

For more information visit the Dr Eckel website, HERE.

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18/05/2018: Save the date for the 9th International Sturgeon Conference, Poland

Sturgeon farmers, caviar producers, scientists and organizational representatives from all over the World will gather in Warsaw during the 9th International Sturgeon Conference.

This event provides a unique opportunity to meet people and discuss important topics from the sturgeon sector and is a forum for knowledge sharing and networking.

The International Sturgeon Conference is organised every second year by Aller Aqua, The Stanisław Sakowicz Inland Fisheries Institute in Olsztyn and the World Sturgeon Conservation Society (WSCS).

The conference will be located Komitetu Obrony Robotników 24, 02-148 Warszawa, Poland.

Sturgeon Conference Program
Attendees are advised to arrive at the conference reception latest at 9:30am to register and take a cup of delicious morning coffee or tea. Lectures start at 10:00am and finish before 6:00pm. An evening dinner begins at 7.00pm at the hotels’ Aviator Bar & Lounge.

The full programme of 9th International Sturgeon Conference will be available soon. Some of the subjects are listed below:

• Current global sturgeon and caviar production.
• Ultrasound screening with live demonstration.
• Caviar marketing and commercialisation of innovative fish products.
• Substitution for borax.
• Sturgeon feeding to improve health, growth and caviar quality.
• Outcome of the 8th International Symposium on Sturgeons that took place in Vienna last year and the exciting Sturgeon Pilgrimage along the Silk Road.

The possibility of direct contacts and current branch information make this event worth attending. 

See you in Warsaw on 21st of November!

For more information visit the International Sturgeon Conference website, HERE

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