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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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Phileo - Lesaffre company profile

Nothing is more precious than life, and that’s the philosophy that drives Phileo.

As global population continues to increase, the world faces a growing demand for food and greater sustainability challenges.

According to the team at Phileo Lesaffre "Working at the crossroads of nutrition and health, we are committed to delivering future evidence-based solutions that enhance animal health and performance. In each and every country, our team’s progress is led by the most advanced scientific outcomes as well as the field input of experienced farmers".

Visit the website HERE.

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21/06/2017: African launch of third generation Supra HDPE Netting at World Aquaculture, Cape Town

Fibras Industriales S.A. is set to launch their third generation of Supra HDPE Netting in Cape Town later this month

Image credit: Fibras Industriales S.A.
Following the successful Central American launch of its Supra HDPE Netting during the offshore conference in Ensenada, Mexico followed by the North America presentation at the Seafood Expo in Boston and the European introduction during Seafood Expo Global in Brussels and the Atlantic Fair in Faroe Islands, Fibras Industriales S.A., commercially known as FISA will now present it’s third generation netting to the African continent during World Aquaculture 2017 organised by the World Aquaculture Society.

FISA will be exhibiting in booth number 53 at World Aquaculture that will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre between 26 and 30 of June.

Supra is the result of many years of research and development together with feedback received from FISA’s customers that have used its PE netting for predator protection and fish cages since its introduction at the Aquasur trade show in Puerto Montt, Chile, in October 2014.

Initial feedback from customers presented the product during the Ensenada offshore conference and Boston Seafood Expo had been extremely positive, with many large initial trial orders.

Yoni Radzinski, Commercial Director of FISA, mentioned that these trial orders were made from various select customers that had been highly impressed by the netting and wanted immediate access to the advantages of this product.

Mr Radzinski stated that, “the extremely fast acceptance of this product in the American continent was followed by great interest on the part of European customers following Seafood Expo Global in Brussels and Atlantic Fair in Faroe Islands.”

“Supra is a high end product that was launched less than six months ago and sales are greatly surpassing our expectations with new customers already showing interest from totally new markets and for uses we had not even though of initially.”

Mr Radzinski is convinced that customers from the African Continent will show great interest in this 3rd generation anti predator netting, helping them tackle fish escape.

Since 2013 FISA has invested heavily in new machinery. The investment included growth in extrusion capacity, new netting machines, depth stretching equipment and a brand new 25,000m2 net loft.

During November 2014 the group said some customers had turned to FISA to jointly develop new polyethylene netting for their fish farms after seeing the product at Aquasur and thus has kept to its promise and is now ready to present the product to additional customers.

About FISA
FISA is the largest multi-filament fishing net factory in the western hemisphere with over 70 years in the market and over the past years has extended its line of products to include monofilament netting for aquaculture, trawl nets and sports netting. The company manufactures a full range of netting for purse seine fishing, trawling, long line fishing and fish farming cages.

Read more HERE.

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20/06/2017: Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems launches Australia-focused website

A brand new website directed at Australian aquaculture professionals,, is now live

Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems’ regionally-focused website is well-timed, as the Australian aquaculture industry continues to grow. In order to meet demand, the industry needs a reliable supplier.
Image credit: Marko Mikkonen on Flickr

With an office in Melbourne, and a local stock of products, Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems (PAES) offers convenient and comprehensive service to customers, with a wide array of technologies and solutions.

With species like barramundi on the rise, expertise is at a premium. Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems has the equipment and expertise to offer solutions for a variety of species; Atlantic salmon, rainbow trout, barramundi and more.

Their offering addresses the entire life cycle of these species. Pentair’s Melbourne office features a full range of aquaculture technology and equipment that is ready to ship. Their dedicated sales staff is prepared to answer any questions and provide solutions to new and existing farms.

Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems’ Sales Manager for Australia and New Zealand is Brendan Lee.

With a great passion for the industry, prior to Pentair, Brendan has held positions at a leading Rainbow Trout producer in Victoria, after which, he moved on to a research and development role, working with fresh and salt water algae species and live feed production – all of which has built valuable experience in all aspects of aquaculture, which benefits his customers greatly.

When asked for comment on Pentair’s focus on the Australian market, Mr Lee stated, “I look forward to assisting current and future customers with any of their project, design, service and equipment needs, as we continue to build the Australian and New Zealand aquaculture sector together!”

Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems is committed to excellence in all aspects of business. Whether a client is seeking assistance with equipment selection, consultation, technical support, system design, redesign/retrofitting services, maintenance or service contracts— Pentair AES is the single-source industry leader to count on.

Pentair provides what’s needed to make any system operate more efficiently and effectively to help you maximise profit in every facet of your operation.

Their main focus is excellence, and they strive to be the best in the three key areas of supporting commercial facilities:

- Design
- Service
- Equipment

For additional information on Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems, visit their Australian-focused website, HERE.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

20/06/2017: An African chapter

by Clifford Spencer

June sees a very significant event in global aquaculture

Clifford Spencer

For the first time ever the World Aquaculture Society is holding its conference on the continent of Africa. Thus establishing an African chapter with the aim of all 55 African countries being represented in its visiting audience.

World Aquaculture 2017 will be held in Cape Town with involvement from countries throughout the African continent as well as that of many countries from around the world.

Aquaculture is rapidly growing in Africa and increasingly being integrated into the continent’s food systems and therefore this is an excellent time for the world aquaculture community to focus on Africa. The event will be attended by the current serving President of the African Union (AU), President Alpha Conde.

The President of Guinea and who was recently designated “Political Champion” for Africa’s Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa’s Natural Resources Governance and Food Security programme will also attend.

The African Union is globally by far the largest of the existing continental unions in terms of both land mass and population and includes all African countries and is made up of both political and administrative bodies.

It’s landmass can contain the entirety of the USA, all of China, India, as well as Japan and pretty much all of Europe as well — all combined and its surface area is similar to the surface area of the moon!!!

The highest decision-making organ of the African Union is the Assembly, made up of all the Heads of State or government of member states of the AU. The AU also has a representative body, the Pan-African Parliament, which consists of 265 members elected by the national parliaments of the AU member states.

Other political institutions of the AU include the Executive Council, made up of foreign ministers, the Permanent Representatives Committee, made up of the ambassadors to the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia of AU member states and the Economic, Social, and Cultural Council, a civil society consultative body.

Read the full article, HERE.

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NOBA company profile


Noba Vital Lipids is a leading Dutch manufacturer and supplier of  high energy fatproducts  for the animal feed  industries, servicing greater Europe.  Our strengths are rooted in more than 60 years of experience alongside our high standards of quality, which are fulfilled at every step of the production process.

NOBA is deeply committed to ensuring meticulous care and product safety during raw-material selection and processing, as well as in the final product. The result is the unbeatable quality found in each and every NOBA product.

Visit the website HERE.

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19/06/2017: Diet, nutrition and politics

by Ionnis Zabetakis

Let’s remind ourselves some common sense things that the politicians tend to forget 

Ionnis Zabetakis
1. We work towards the design, development and production of functional and nutritious food following as much as possible sustainable practices.

2. We care for the health of our family and the future of our kids.

3. In a wider and more, ideological context, we (should) care for the well being of Society and the Planet.

4. The public health is a matter of concern.

5. Healthy diet (with lots of fish!) should be promoted more openly. Now, let’s see some recent news coming from US [1].

According to this report, “Michelle Obama has made her strongest political intervention since leaving the White House, stating bluntly at a health conference: “Think about why someone is OK with your kids eating crap.”

So, why did she need to state this? Because, earlier in May, Donald Trump’s administration froze regulations that would cut sodium and increase whole grains served in school meals [2].

So, the story goes like that: Michelle Obama’s legacy on promoting healthy eating is in real danger by the current administration in US under Donald Trump.

This is the administration that denies climate change and the fact that the Planet gets warmer due to anthropogenic activities! It is quite clear from these stories, that when we work towards the 5 points mentioned at the start of this op-ed article, we are not alone!

We have to face politicians that are sometimes misinformed, probably a bit ignorant, somehow with their own agenda and ignoring the wider good!

However, there is a dead clear way forward that could boost our companies and products: to communicate to nutritional authorities and politicians the benefits of a healthy diet, the pros of eating fish and seafood and how these foods can promote health and inhibit obesity and cardiovascular diseases.

The world is complex and in order to be successful as professionals, as parents, as members of the wider public promoting the public interests we need to ask ourselves: Michelle or Donald?

Read the full article, HERE.

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Romer Labs company profile

Founded in Washington, MO, in 1982, over the years Romer Labs became a leading provider of diagnostic solutions for the agricultural, food and feed industry.

Today, Romer Labs offers a broad range of innovative diagnostic solutions covering mycotoxins, food pathogens, food allergens, gluten, GMO, veterinary drug residues, and other food contaminants.

Their portfolio includes:

ELISA test kits - AgraQuant®
Lateral flow devices - AgraStrip® and RapidChek®
Fluorometric tests - FluoroQuant®
Enzymatic tests - EnzymeFast®
Reference materials - Biopure™
Cleanup Columns - MycoSep®, MultiSep®, MycoSpin®, StarLine™
Sampling mills

Furthermore, they operate four accredited, full-service laboratories in Austria, UK, US and Singapore.

Using cutting-edge technology in the fields of chromatography and immunological analysis, their labs offer services for the analysis of mycotoxins, food allergens, meat speciation, VDR and GMO.

Romer Labs is at the forefront of diagnostic technology and they are constantly expanding their product and service portfolio to meet your continuously evolving demands.

The key objective at Romer Labs is to provide scientifically sound, high-quality products and an exceptional service, in line with their mission – Making the World’s Food Safer®.

Would you like to join them in making a mark for a better world?

Visit  the website HERE.

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

19/06/2017: Pancosma strengthens sales team in Central and Eastern Europe

Pancosma announces two appointments to its sales team dedicated to the Central and Eastern European region 
Dawid Kolacz 
Photo credit: Pancosma

Dawid Kolacz has been appointed Area Sales Manager, and Dr Marcin Korczyński has taken on the role of Technical Support Manager for the region.

They report directly to Ronald Kräft, Sales Director for Central, Eastern and Northern Europe.

These appointments are part of ongoing efforts by Pancosma to strengthen its presence in the region.

Dawid recently joined the company. He is trained in animal nutrition, and has prior sales experience in the area of premixes and feed additives. 

Dr Marcin Korczyński
Photo credit: Pancosma
 Marcin has been with Pancosma for six years. He obtained his PhD in animal sciences in 2011, and has previous experience in product development and formulation.

About Pancosma 
Founded in 1947, Pancosma is a global pioneer in developing, manufacturing and distributing a wide range of innovative feed additives. The company is based in Geneva, Switzerland, and is present in 75 countries worldwide.

Visit the Pancosma website, HERE.

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19/06/2017: Pentair and Urban Organics open second commercial-scale, indoor aquaponics farm, USA

87,000-square-foot urban farm will produce 125 metric tons of fish and 200 metric tons of organic produce annually

Pentair, a global leader in sustainable water solutions, and aquaponics farming innovator Urban Organics, are opening a new, 87,000-square-foot indoor aquaponics.
As one of the largest commercial aquaponics facilities in the world, the urban farm has the capacity to grow 125 metric tons of fish and 200 metric tons of organic produce annually.

“The world’s population is growing, and with it, the demand for fish protein is quickly surpassing sustainable natural fish production. Pentair’s aquaculture and aquaponics solutions are expanding farming techniques, including in urban areas, and supporting greater access to protein worldwide,” said Karl Frykman, President, Pentair Water.

“We joined forces with Urban Organics to help accelerate the development of large-scale modern aquaponics as we believe it can provide a real commercial option to help solve this growing food dilemma.”

With advanced water filtration technology developed by Pentair, the system is designed to allow Urban Organics to decouple the fish water from the plant water.

This allows Urban Organics to raise fish species in cold water with low nutrient levels, alongside plant species in warm water with high nutrient levels. Waste nutrients from the fish water is concentrated and delivered to the plant water.

Additionally, the system was designed for cold-water fish to take advantage of the colder climate in Minnesota, and therefore operate more energy efficiently. LED lighting is also being used to further reduce the farm’s energy use.

“Our collaboration with Pentair has helped us achieve our vision of creating a new model for urban agriculture that ensures access to healthy foods, while using less than two percent of the water consumed by traditional agriculture,” said David Haider, Co-founder of Urban Organics.

“Our local market will get the benefit of our fish and greens, but there will also be a worldwide benefit as we continue to learn from this model and apply its lessons to other locations in the future.”

Fish and produce production at Urban Organics is underway, and the farm is expected to be at full capacity in early 2018. Fully certified by the USDA as an organic produce farm, Urban Organics is growing a variety of fresh greens, including green and red kale, arugula, bok choy, green and red romaine, Swiss chard, and green and red leaf lettuce, alongside sustainably-raised Atlantic salmon and arctic char.

Urban Organics is distributing its fish and produce at regional supermarkets, co-ops and restaurants. And, in a first-of-its-kind partnership in Minnesota, Urban Organics is working with HealthPartners hospitals and clinics to put its fresh greens in patient meals, cafeteria salad bars, and retail take-out locations.

Pentair and Urban Organics first started working together when Urban Organics opened its inaugural aquaponics farm in 2014 in the former Hamm’s brewery building in St. Paul.

Pentair, with its innovative technologies in water systems and solutions and biological and technical expertise, worked closely with Urban Organics to design, install and engineer the world-class system.

To learn more about Pentair’s aquaculture and aquaponics solutions, visit their website, HERE.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

16/06/2017: The need to communicate throughout the industry: Through animations and illustrations

 The interest in animations and illustrations has really been boosted within the aquaculture sector. One of the reason is believed to be the tough competition for development licenses where there is a definite need to visualise ideas and visionary projects in order to be able to describe the different technologies and concepts. 

 In addition to this the CEO of Salt Pixel describes increased competition, a professionalism in the marketing efforts and an increased need to communicate throughout the industry. As a lot of the technology is located below the surface of the oceans, visualisation and animation is a very effective way of communicating complex systems and solutions. 

 "It has taken a while but in the little over two years we have been working towards the Aquaculture industry a lot has happened", says Remi Johnsen, Co- Founder and CEO of Salt Pixel. 

 “One of our first clients in this sector was AKVA group where we developed an interactive solution for showcasing their products. The solution was part of their stand at Aqua Nor 2015. We have also supplied various animations and illustrations to other aquaculture companies like BMK Genetics, Eide Fjordbruk, Storvik, Aqua Pharma, Europharma, Norsk Oppdrettsservice, Fjordservice, Aqua Circle, Aquatic, Liftup, Ace Aquatec and several others, earning quite a track record within this industry” says Remi Johnsen. 

 Salt Pixel was founded a little over two years ago and after the collapse in the Oil and Gas Sector they managed to turn it around and very quickly focused their effort to the defence, marine and aquaculture industries. This has proven to be a successful strategy. 

 "Today we are 40 employees with offices in four countries. Eight employees in Norway, the rest in Singapore, Canada and Hanoi. However we are still growing, the order intake today is so high that we could easily employ at least 20-30 more people. The problem so far has been to find qualified people, but we are on a constant search for standout talents", He continues. 

 So far Salt Pixel have not lost a single tender they have competed for. The upside to this has been huge and the company has already been established as one of the best renowned 3D and visualisation companies in the sector. 

 "Our approach has been to compete on price but never to compromise on quality in our deliveries”, Remi Explains. "Something that has given us an advantage in an industry with no history of huge investments in this kind of projects". 

 At the moment the company is fully booked with work to be done prior to one of the most prestigious Aquaculture Exhibitions in the world, Aqua Nor. Since 1979, Aqua Nor has been an important international meeting place for the aquaculture industry, and it is today the world’s largest aquaculture technology exhibition. 

 "We are to the limit of our capacity and is in a situation where we have had to turn potential customers down if they have deadlines prior to Aqua Nor in August” Remi continues. 

 One of the biggest deliveries for this exhibition is an animation for AKVA group presenting the complete value chain of technology and services from AKVA group. 

 "We have worked with Salt Pixel for little over two years now and we are impressed with the quality of their deliveries. The quality of the visualisations and animations are simply amazing. We are really looking forward to see our showreel complete and to launch it during Aqua Nor. No doubt we have high expectations, but knowing Salt Pixel and their team I am sure they will deliver!" Says Renate Hjørnevik, Director of Marketing & Communication in AKVA group.

Learn more about the interactive animation here. 

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16/06/2017: Europharma set to host annual fish health seminar in Lofote

Image courtesy of Europharma
 Europharma, one of the world's leading developers of fish health and welfare programmes, is gearing up for its annual fish health seminar in the Lofoten Islands, Norway. 

 Taking place on June 14-16, 2017, in the picturesque village of Nusfjord, the seminar brings together a range of industry experts from across the world to share insight and discuss the latest innovations and research in aquaculture. 

 Key topics being discussed during the two-day event include use of bacteriophages, engineering for biosecurity, growth plans of the industry in Scotland, vaccination strategies and smoltification. 

 The UK delegation will be headed by Nikos Steiropoulos, Managing Director of Europharma Scotland, who will be bringing some of Scotland's top fish experts along to the seminar. 

 Nikos said: "We are very much looking forward to our annual seminar in Lofoten. It is vital to ensure we are all keeping up-to-date with the latest technology that could benefit the aquaculture industry. Europharma's Lofoten Seminar is a fantastic opportunity to get the industry together from all parts of the world - including Scotland, Norway, Chile, Canada, Iceland and New Zealand - to discuss what is happening in aquaculture, including the latest innovations. 

 "The atmosphere at Lofoten is often more relaxed than other industry events meaning we can all have open, frank conversations about challenges we are all facing and how we can work together towards solutions that will better the industry as a whole." 

 Speakers at the event include experts from King Salmon NZ, ACD Pharma, Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre, SalMar, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, the Conservation Fund Freshwater Institute, Norseaqua, The Fish Vet Group, Elanco, Nofima, Capemare, Intesal Salmon Chile, Fishguard, Arnalax and Creuna.

 Read more here.

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16/06/2017: The Aquafeed interview - Alpha Condé, President of Guinea, President of the African Union

 President Alpha Condê, born March 4, 1938, has been President of Guinea since December 2010, and on January 30, 2017, President Condé succeeded Chad’s Irdiss Deby as the President of the African Union. President Condé was born in Boké in Lower Guinea, where he left when he was 15 to go to France. 

 Whilst he was in France he was active in parallel within the National Union of Higher Education and combined the functions of the Association of Guinean students in France and the Federation of Black African Students in France, in which he was the Executive Coordinator of African National Groups from 1967-75.

 He wrote a master’s thesis in Political Science entitled, ‘Le P.D.G. et le people de Guinée’ in 1965.
Regarding his appointment as the African Union chairperson, he was elected during the ongoing 28th Ordinary Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia following the end of Deby’s term in January 2017.

 What are the projections of the increase in the population of Guinea and how is the Government making progress in supplying its population with healthy and affordable food?
 The growth rate of the Guinean population is 2.9 percent per year. With this growth rate, the Guinean population could exceed 15 million inhabitants by 2040. The proportion of the working-age population (15-64), increased from 49.9 percent in 1996 to 51.3 percent in 2014. The growth rate of the economic support ratio, which had been negative since the 1950s, has become positive (0.2%) since 2007. This indicates the opening of the window of the first demographic dividend of Guinea. This demographic dividend could reach its maximum level from 2035 if adequate population policies are implemented, this according to the National Plan for Economic and Social Development 2016-2020 (PNDES), Volume 1.

 The National Plan for Economic and Social Development 2016-2020 is an integrating plan for the different strategic or programmatic development frameworks that are in progress or planned for future implementation. The PNDES takes the main regional and international agendas into account in particular, the ECOWAS Vision 2020, the African Union Vision 2063 for a structural transformation of the continent and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

 Does your Government recognise the importance of scientific production of genetically modified organs as a means of improving the production of animal protein?
 In general, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are considered to be of great value to production. The introduction of GMOs into aquaculture makes it possible to increase the production of animal proteins that developing countries need. GMOs can also improve the quality of aquatic products, reduce production costs, improve micronutrients and improve the nutritional composition of products, increase disease resistance and contribute to food security. There are, however, many controversies surrounding the introduction of GMOs into aquaculture production systems. Of these, we can note that transgenic aquatic species can change their metabolism and that of other species. They can also spread rapidly to the point of threatening non-transgenic species, thus disrupting the environments in which they are allowed to evolve. Some research has shown that crossbreeding between transgenic and unmodified species has produced less viable species.

 In view of these problems and threats, it becomes clear that the use of GMOs requires, in addition to the technical aspect, very clear legal and regulatory provisions and strong monitoring and control. The role of research and technicians is very important in guiding policies on GMOs, which will have to be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

 What is the place of aquaculture in the food structure offered to its population?
 The economic, social and cultural development of aquaculture is considered in the Republic of Guinea, a water tower in West Africa, as a strong alternative to the regular supply of the proteins of animal origin. Aquaculture development is considered as an opportunity to contribute to food security, job creation and the fight against poverty.

 In order to improve the fisheries and aquaculture in Guinea, we organised a comprehensive assessment of the sector to critically evaluate past policies. As a logical follow-up to this assessment, corrective measures have been proposed and are likely to help improve the situation of aquaculture development. Among these measures, the assessment results stressed the need to initiate institutional and regulatory reform. This resulted in the creation of a National Aquaculture Agency to coordinate and monitor all the activities, programs and projects affecting this sector.

 We wish to establish fruitful partnerships with other countries that have succeeded in the rational management of this activity in order to prepare the future in the longer term by laying the foundations for sound and sustainable management of aquaculture by motivated, competent, honest and responsible operators, which will enable Guinea to derive all the benefits it can hope for. That is to increase national aquaculture production in order to contribute to economic growth, food security, poverty alleviation, job creation and income enhancement while preserving the environment.

Some activities currently carried out in this sector, include: Fish farming in Guinea “Forestiere”. We plan to develop this operation into a semi-intensive fish farm that is integrated into agricultural activities (fish farming associated with rice cultivation, poultry, swine, or small ruminant production). We expect to be able to produce low-cost fish that will be available to low-income families, to diversify farmers’ production and to improve their incomes, shrimp farming, oyster farming, and marine fish farming in Lower Guinea. Continental fish farming in ponds and water reservoirs in Upper Guinea, fish farming in the floodplains in Middle Guinea and the operation of reservoirs of hydro-agricultural and hydro-electric dams.

 As a newly elected President of the African Union (AU), do you see production and food processing as a priority to address the needs of Africans across the continent?
 Autonomy and food independence are one of the primary objectives assigned to the AU. In 2014, in Equatorial Guinea, the Heads of State of the continent adopted the Malabo Declaration on accelerated growth and transformation of agriculture in Africa for shared prosperity and better living conditions. Through this Declaration, we have made a commitment to eliminate hunger in Africa by 2025. We have also committed to improving the nutritional status of our populations, in particular to eliminate malnutrition, to reduce stunting by 10 percent and those that are underweight by 5 percent by 2025. 

 These priorities will be achieved by: (i) doubling agricultural productivity; (ii) halving the current levels of post-harvest losses; and (iii) integrating measures to increase agricultural productivity with social protection initiatives that are directed at vulnerable social groups by committing budget lines in our national budgets.

 In the case of Guinea, these commitments made by my Government at the continental level coincided with the revision of the national agricultural development policy, which ended in 2015. In the development of our new agricultural policy, these provisions are being included in a strategic plan that is accompanied by a targeted roadmap for my country.

 In Malabo in 2014 we also adopted the Policy Framework and Reform Strategy for fisheries and aquaculture in Africa, which focuses on accelerating the growth of aquaculture at the continental level in Africa.

 As the newly elected President of the AU, I am working with my colleagues to support the implementation of Malabo’s commitments and in this regard, the AU Summit of Heads of State and Government to be held in January 2018 is dedicated to monitoring the implementation of the commitments to demonstrate mutual accountability in the actions and outcomes of the implementation of the Malabo Declaration.

 Does aquaculture and seafood play a role in meeting the food needs of the growing African population?
 At the continental level, we are promoting aquaculture development by addressing three main factors: (i) increasing the demand for fish by our populations, (ii) improving the environment for investment; and (iii) reducing production risk. The growing middle-class population and the increase in the peri-urban population, combined with the economic development of the continent, have led to an increasing demand for fish. As most of our marine resources are overexploited, this increase in fish supply can be attributed to the emerging development of aquaculture. This situation confirms that the rational and judicious exploitation of aquaculture potential is the most appropriate way of supplying animal protein to populations. The density of the hydrographic network, water reservoirs (lakes, agricultural Hydro) offers immense prospects for aquaculture development.

 What are your priorities in addition to developing healthy, abundant and affordable food production?
 To maintain good economic growth in the years to come, we have identified eight priorities that have a direct impact on the well being of our people, the lives and livelihoods of our citizens in all areas of life.
These priorities are:
1.    The development of human capital by giving priority to health, education, science, research, technology and innovation.
2.    Development of agriculture and processing of agricultural products
3.    Promoting inclusive economic development through industrialisation, infrastructure development, agriculture, trade and investment.
4.    Peace, stability and good governance.
5.    The integration of women and youth in all activities of the African Union.
6.    Mobilisation of resources.
7.    The building of a union of peoples through active communication and promotion of the Union’s image.
8.    Strengthening the institutional capacity of all decision-making bodies, because in the areas of aquaculture, we have the Policy Framework and Reform Strategy of the Africa Union that sets the goal of the continent to Jumpstart market-led sustainable aquaculture through a variety of strategies. Where appropriate, we support interventionist development approaches in aquaculture by strong strategic and implementation plans. 

 This will require: (i) Creating an enabling environment; (ii) Creating an African Centre of Excellence for Aquaculture (iii) Mainstreaming strategies and plans into national development plans especially the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP).

 The theme of the African Union this year is: “Reaping demographic dividends by investing in youth”. What are your other priorities and why?
 The development of the agricultural sector is the main lever of African development. The main lever of the development of Guinea is agro-industry. The mines can certainly be one of the levers, but not leverage. We are not in control of commodity prices whose prices are set in London, Washington or Montreal.

 Africa needs to be more innovative, more productive and more competitive to succeed in its ‘emergence’. That is why we have initiated reforms at the level of the African Union (AU) to improve its functioning and to promote its evolution. Africa advances and is heard when it is united and speaks with one voice. Thus, each of the major challenges it faces, agriculture, energy, conflicts, immigration, trade, etc. was entrusted to one of our heads of state. Similarly, in order to be in line with our legitimate ambitions of independence in recent months, an institutional reform project of the AU led by Rwandan President Paul Kagame plans to use 0.2 percent of imports to finance the pan-African body.