Tuesday, September 30, 2014

30/09/2014: Biorigin at Fenacam - the Shrimp Farming Event in Brazil


For the third consecutive year, Biorigin will be present at the most important shrimp farming and aquaculture fair in Brazil, Fenacam – the National Shrimp Fair, which will take place from the November 10 to 13 in Fortaleza, in the state of Ceara.

During the event, at its stand number 160, Biorigin will be presenting natural ingredient solutions indicated for the industry and for producers seeking to improve performance, health, and profitability. The highlight will be MacroGard, an intelligent modulating additive for the immune system, which functions according to the immune condition of each animal, reducing the risks and severity of diseases caused by viruses, bacteria, and parasites. A study shows that shrimps that have been given the MacroGard supplement presented a 66.6% higher survival rate after a challenge when compared with shrimps that have not been given the supplement.

Besides MacroGard, Biorigin will present other 100% natural ingredient solutions from its portfolio, designed for intestinal health and mycotoxin control as well as a nutritional supplement, a source of protein and energy.

According to the Feed Business Global Manager, Roberto Vituzzo, “Biorigin continually invests in the development of solutions for the shrimp and tropical fish industry, bringing to the market the expertise acquired through studies that show best results in survival rates, performance and resistance to disease, offering products that are 100% natural, effective and waste-free, such as MacroGard.”


About Biorigin:

Founded in 2003, the company mobilizes knowledge and technology, based on biotechnological processes, to develop innovative solutions in 100% natural ingredients for animal and human health and welfare.

Its animal nutrition portfolio includes 100% safe products, ensured by the total traceability of its production process (since the raw material supplied by Zilor), and quality guaranteed by certifications ISO 9001:2008, ISO 22000:2005, Kosher, Halal, GMP+B2 and HACCP certifications. For further information: www.biorigin.net
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30/09/2014: Novartis Animal Health Aqua announces launch of unique aquacare software platform for improved fish health management



Novartis Animal Health Aqua (NAH Aqua) today announced the launch of aquacare, an innovative fish health management software to assist fish farmers continuously improve health management practices for the optimum balance of quality and profitability. aquacare represents a next generation service platform that will enable higher productivity in collection and management of health-related data, and improved decision-making. The software will begin rolling out to customers in a phased approach.

·       Aquacare platform offers significant opportunities for improved health management tools, best practices and productivity for fish farmers


·       Developed in collaboration between NAH, a leader in fish health, and Ocea, a leader in fish farming software



·       Platform will provide real time, complete life-cycle healthcare information, increasing scope of NAH technical services resources

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Developed in collaboration with Ocea Mercatus, the aquacare tool combines the fish health expertise of NAH Aqua with the state-of-the-art farm software capability of Ocea. Combined, the two companies invested a total of $1.2 million to develop this pioneering tool which provides real time information and is a step forward towards improving healthcare best practices and the way technical services are delivered by NAH. NAH is a pioneer in fish healthcare systems with more than 10,000 farm visits logged by the technical services teams globally since 2002.

“Novartis Animal Health Aqua is pleased to bring the aquacare platform to our customers as part of our ongoing commitment to the industry,” said Matthias Hofer, Global Head of the NAH Aqua business. “Pulling from a global pool of data, aquacare will offer functionality and technology unlike anything else in the market, and increase the support NAH Aqua can provide to farmers.”

Aquacare is designed for global application so that farmers will be able to benchmark  their results across the salmonid-farming regions. The platform will ultimately link healthcare data to daily operations to provide complete life-cycle healthcare tracking, reporting and analysis, which are not available through other software systems. It will also incorporate follow-up, alert and reminder functions that help to ensure seamless service right through to harvest.


“What differentiates the platform is a very user-friendly interface design,” said Per Christian Engdal, Chief Technical Officer for Ocea Mercatus. “Combined with the analytical power and flexibility of the software, we see unique potential in aquacare and benefits for customers.”


NAH and Ocea will continue to develop the aquacare platform in response to farmers’ feedback and industry needs. Implementation of the first release will be managed directly by the NAH Aqua Technical Services professionals, working together with the customer. Future releases are already planned, including the launch of a customer portal and further analytic functionalities.


Aquacare is exclusively available through Novartis Animal Health, for both Ocea and non-Ocea software users. For further information about aquacare, please contact your local Novartis Animal Health Aqua representative.

Friday, September 26, 2014

26/09/2014: Norel has a new distributor in the Colombian market

Norel Animal Nutrition

Biotecno-V is a company specialised in raw materials for animal nutrition and animal health. Biotecno-V produce, commercialize and distribute products with innovation and add-value for the feed industry sector.
  
Biotecno-V has a professional team dedicated to the satisfaction of the needs of the customers through specialized products and optimal quality in nutrition and animal health, national and international, boosting the technology and developing new products.

Norel, always thinking in the customers services decided to open new operations in Colombia. The new project will allow us to have presence in the feed additives sector with specialized products, developed with the higher technology and know-how.

Norel’s products are present in the Colombian market, from now. The customers’ services and the quality of our products drive us to the excellent results that we are expecting.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

23/09/2014: Fish-hungry Japan slashes tuna catch by 50%


After decades of overfishing, Japan is taking aim at increasing the number of blue fin tuna in the ocean.

 Last updated: 20 Sep 2014 11:17 [Al Jazeera]

 
A single weighty tuna with the right fat and meat could sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars in Japan [EPA]



After several decades of reckless overfishing, mostly by Japanese fleets eager to satisfy their country's increasing demand for sushi and sashimi, stocks of blue fin tuna in the Pacific Ocean have declined alarmingly. Japan accounts for more than 70 percent of the Pacific blue fin tuna caught, according to the government's Fisheries Agency.

As a consequence, the most recent stock assessment of Pacific blue fin tuna made by the International Scientific Committee for Tuna and Tuna-like Species in the North Pacific Ocean (ISC), noted that the population "level is near historically low levels and experiencing high exploitation rates".
The situation is so dire that Japan's Fisheries Agency felt compelled to announce in March it would cut the country's allowable haul of Pacific immature blue fin tuna by 50 percent in 2015.  The agency followed this up by lobbying other countries fishing in the region to do likewise, and this month succeeded in obtaining their agreement.

During a conference of countries belonging to the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) that took place in Fukuoka, Japan, from September 1-4, the other major catchers of tuna - South Korea, Taiwan, Canada and the United States - promised to make the same deep cuts as Japan.            
"People realised something had to be done about the level of catch," Glenn Hurry, executive director of the WCPFC, told Al Jazeera. "The biomass [of the blue fin tuna] that researchers are talking about is only three to four percent of the original spawning biomass, which is not a level you should commercially fish fisheries."
 

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

18/09/2014: Fish faarmers list on the share market in Australia


Australia’s $40 billion aquaculture industry is expected to boom by the end of this decade as the country’s biggest fish farmers Tassal and Cleanseas turn their fortunes around and inspire others to list on the Australian share market.

Huon Aquaculture is considering listing on the Australian Securities Exchange in a float that could be worth Aus$400 million.


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18/09/2014: VIUSID aqua from Catalysis

Catalysis' product VIUSID aqua

A specific product to improve productivity of aquaculture




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18/09/2014: Soft Robotic Fish: New Invention at MIT

IFL Science have invented a great new device with many applications and potential for fish farmers.

A soft robotic fish that was developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), by
Andrew Marchese, is reported to be capable of movement similar to that of a real fish. This "self-contained autonomous soft robot" can perform rapid movement, and by convulsing its body it can carry out escape maneuvers to change direction almost as quickly as a real fish can. 
 
Soft robotics is a relatively new field of robotics, which has earned its own journal- Soft Robotics. This field involves the development of robots from soft materials, making them flexible and ideal for movement around limited spaces, with the ability to change gait (locomotion achieved through movement) easily. Daniela Rus, director of MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, who also helped to design and build the fish, is very excited about this research. "As robots penetrate the physical world and start interacting with people more and more, it's much easier to make robots safe if their bodies are so wonderfully soft that there's no danger if they whack you."

One of the draws to soft robotics is that, in contrast to other robotic systems whereby collisions with the environment result in inefficient motion, collision may actually aid in their locomotion. This is because soft robots can "use these points of contact as a means of getting to the destination faster," according to Rus in MIT's announcement of the research. 
This particular fish was built by first using a 3D printer to generate molds, which were then used to cast the head and tail from silicone rubber. A polymer ring was used to protect the fish's "guts" (electronics). It runs on carbon dioxide, and in its current form can perform around 20-30 escape maneuvers before running out. Marchese says, "the fish was designed to explore performance capabilities, not long-term operation," although he adds "Next steps for future research are taking that system and building something that's compromised on performance a little bit but increases longevity." The new fish will involve a water pump instead of carbon dioxide.

But researchers don't plan on just watching these fish swim around for the fun of it. Rus hopes that these fish can be applied to study fish in their natural habitat. They could be used to infiltrate schools of fish, allowing scientists to gather data on the behaviour of these animals in the wild.

Check out this YouTube video for more info on the fish:


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