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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

29/06/2016: Stifterverband (Donor’s Association) awards its label, 'Innovative through Research' to Dr Eckel GmbH
Dr Eckel is one of the first companies in the animal nutrition sector awarded the label 'Innovative through Research' by the Stifterverband (Donor’s Association). 
The Stifterverband recognises Dr Eckel’s activities to promote the efficacy of their products, and ongoing comprehensive evaluation of the physiological processes in animals.

The Dr Eckel team regularly publishes trial results in numerous scientific publications and specialised media. Every year, Dr Eckel conducts feeding trials either in the company’s in-house aquarium trial unit or in close cooperation with scientific research stations and renowned universities in Germany and worldwide.
“Research and Development are given a very high priority”, stresses Dr Bernhard Eckel, responsible for the R&D team of Dr Eckel.

"Since the company was established, we have always been known for innovative solutions, our pioneering spirit, responsible handling of natural resources as well as the excellent quality of our products. To meet these requirements, we focus particularly on research and development.”
The Stifterverband is a joint initiative of companies and associations that holistically advises, integrates and supports education, science and innovation.

Visit the Dr Eckel Site HERE.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

28/06/2016: Ways to improve salmonid disease resistance
by Benedict Standen & Rui Gonçalves, Biomin
First published in International Aquafeed, May-June 2016

With an increasing pressure to provide affordable protein to an evergrowing population, aquaculture practices are expanding and intensifying. High stocking densities can lead to animals becoming stressed and immunocompromised, while also favoring the proliferation of pathogens.  Unfortunately, disease outbreaks are inevitable and this represents a major constraint for the sustainable development of the industry.
Nowhere is this more obvious than in high value species, such as salmonids, where disease outbreaks can lead to significant economic losses. Salmon culture is often considered the holy grail of aquaculture. Consequently, as an industry it has worked hard to reduce its dependency on antibiotics, relying primarily on vaccination for disease control. Although this approach has been effective, it also has its limitations.
Read the full article in International Aquafeed HERE.           

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Jefo company profile

Jefo is a world leader in the field of non-medicated performance feed additives for the poultry, swine, ruminant and aquaculture sectors. Founded in Canada in 1982, today Jefo has offices on 5 continents, and specialises in the design, manufacturing, warehousing and JIT-distribution of an array of animal nutrition specialty products.

Jefo is a pioneer in the green revolution taking place in animal nutrition. Our commitment is to providing effective alternatives for optimal performances in animal nutrition.

The Europe / Africa division of Jefo was created in 1998 and is headquartered in Nantes, France. We market a line of original products including vitamins, enzymes, organic acids and essential oils.

Visit the website HERE.

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28/06/2016: Focus on Asia’s shrimp aquaculture
Image: egor kataev
Key players in the shrimp aquaculture sector will gather at TARS 2016. This opinion-leading aquaculture event in Asia is again sponsored by BioMar.  
The sixth Aquaculture Roundtable Series (TARS) takes place on 17-18 August in Phuket, Thailand. Under the headline, 'Shrimp Aquaculture & The New Normal,' TARS 2016 is a platform for discussing the future development of shrimp farming in Asia.  
"BioMar has been a sponsor of TARS since 2013," says Henrik Aarestrup, Vice President of BioMar's Emerging Markets Division.
"We consider this conference to be of great importance. TARS gathers Asia's key players in the shrimp aquaculture sector and this is where networking and open dialogue takes place between CEOs, geneticists, farm and hatchery managers, integrators, technologists, investors, marketers, as well as governments, NGOs and academia."
TARS 2016 will focus on new approaches in Asia's shrimp farming sector through presentations and discussions on management tools, production techniques, updates on research and development and innovative business models.
BioMar is to contribute with a presentation that giving insights into shrimp farming experiences in another part of the world. BioMar product developer Camilo Pohlenz will talk about the shrimp farming sector of Latin America, with its concerns about survival and growth rates but also sustainability and environmental issues. For this, demand for the development of extruded shrimp feed types is growing. 
Mr Pohlenz's presentation, 'Sustainable shrimp farming in Latin America with performance feeds,' will explain how Biomar as a feed producer meets these demands.  
Visit the BioMar site HERE

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28/06/2016: Aquaculture Europe 2016: Bringing together industry and science
Edinburgh (Image: Dimitry B.)
Aquaculture Europe 2016 will take place in Edinburgh, Scotland on 20-23 September 2016. Here is an overview and short description of the Industry Forums being organised during AE2016. Full programme details will be updated on the AE2016 web page.
Tuesday, September 20. 13:00-18:00 Mentheit Room
Best practice in percid fish aquaculture
This workshop will summarise the current state of best practice in percid fish aquaculture, pertaining to reproduction and on-growing as well as broodstock management, quality control, training and marketing. Speakers from industry and applied research will share present their view. Further topic-related contributions are invited from all fields of technology, biology, market and supply chain research as well as case study reports and investment models. 
Organised by the European Percid Fish Culture (EPFC) EAS Thematic Group on the culture of pikeperch, perch and other species of the family percidae for human consumption, stocking and conservation, the scope of the workshop is to bring together percid fish aquaculture insiders and experts from continental Europe and other regions and to provide a basis for exchange on industry and research relevant topics.
Please register no later than 26th August by sending an email to 
More info can be found on and

Wednesday, September 21. 10:30 – 17:30 Mentheit Room
The UK Aquaculture Initiative

The UK Aquaculture Initiative is a joint BBSRC and NERC  initiative to support high-quality, innovative research and research translation within a growing community of people working together towards a mutual goal of developing a healthy, safe and sustainable UK aquaculture system.
This cross-research council initiative will bring together diverse expertise, knowledge, skills and facilities to deliver innovative approaches to solving industry challenges. In doing so, it will strengthen the research community to underpin the long-term needs of industry through interdisciplinary research, research translation, and the provision of training.
In 2014 a capacity-building call resulted in 21 projects being successfully funded across the breadth of our science remits. In December 2015 calls for Networks and Innovation Projects were announced and awards will be made in October 2016. 
Wednesday, September 21. 14:30-17:30 Lowther Room
Salmonview seminar: Growing larger fish in RAS systems

There is an increasing trend to grow salmon to larger sizes in recirculation systems – although growing market-sized fish is still only done on a very limited basis, more and more companies are looking to release larger post-smolts to sea.
This seminar will look at the challenges and opportunities offered by the trend, with insights offered by a range of experts – academic researchers, industry technicians and commercial producers of RAS equipment – from Scotland, Norway and the Americas.
Topics due to be discussed include designing and building RAS systems, developments in RAS technology, waste disposal and the possibilities offered by GM fish.
The event is organised and chaired by the Salmonview Media Group, whose range of publications include Fish Farming Expert, Norsk Fiskeoppdrett and Salmon Expert and websites are, and

Thursday, September 22. 10:30-17:30 Lowther Room
EAS/EATiP Day: development vs. stagnation: defining issues and identifying needs

Despite the stagnation in EU aquaculture development, both in shellfish and fish farming, during recent years, the multi-annual plans required for access to the new European Marine and Maritime Fund (EMFF) set out how European Member States (MS) intend to overcome the bottlenecks that are inhibiting growth in their national aquaculture sectors, and provide forecasts of production growth over the funding period.
Overall, the growth target within the EU is for a total of more than 1.5 million tonnes by 2020, an increase of over 300,000 tonnes (25%). This may, of course, be influenced by other external factors.
The AE2016 EAS EATiP Day will be the third of its kind and will look to share experiences, views and opinions so as to define the key issues, needs and bottlenecks that have to be overcome to meet these objectives and ensure growth. 
Following an overview of the EU Member State plans, a first panel debate will provide case studies from EU and Associated States to compare and contrast the factors that contribute to growth or to defining their strategies; focus will be given to actions that execute their plans. 
The second panel will debate in more depth on those issues that have been previously identified as bottlenecks to growth, addressing and discussing these so as to identify how to overcome the obstacles and strengthen opportunities for sustainable development.
Lumpfish (Image: incidencematrix)
Thursday, September 22 10:30-17:30 Lammermuir 2 Room
The use of cleanerfish in European aquaculture

Sealice control is important for the salmon farming industry. If allowed to develop without control in the salmon farms, sealice will be a problem to the salmon, and might impact wild salmonids. The use of and cultivation of cleanerfish started in the late 1980 ties, but already in 1976 a salmon farmer in Norway was using ballan wrasse for sealice control in the cages! 
Through the 1990-ties, the salmon industry relied heavily on medication to control sealice, but with increasing resistance developing in the lice towards some of the medicines many non-medical methods to prevent and control sealice are under development. Now the most important of these are biological control using cleanerfishes such as lumpfish and wrasse. 
These are partly caught in the wild and put into the cages, but to an increasing extent coming from specialised farms producing lumpfish or ballan wrasse specific to the purpose.
The AE 2016 Cleanerfish Industry Forum will focus on the actual use of cleanerfish in the salmon industry today, and will be an open discussion arena where farmers, scientists and other interested can discuss experiences, new knowledge and also identify knowledge gaps.
Tentatively the program will be divided into 3 sessions:
  • The use of cleanerfish in European aquaculture, focus salmon farming. In this session representatives from different countries are asked to give short “snapshot” presentations covering statistics (production numbers, wild caught numbers, how many farms are using cleanerfish) and show 1-2 main new knowledge gain over the last years they think are success factors for efficient use of cleanerfish in their country.
  • How to use cleanerfish in the salmon cages. In this session one or two experts will be invited to give a short “bullet-point” presentation “from stocking the cleanerfish to harvesting the salmon”, what’s their experience and opinion about today’s best practice. Based on this, the forum will be open for discussion, opinions and other suggestions about best practice, new experiences etc. 
  • Cleanerfish – health – welfare. To be efficient as lice-eaters, the cleanerfish must be “fit-for-fight”. In this session, there will be opportunities for short presentations about new products, initiatives and methods to secure cleanerfish health and welfare. The focus will be on practical, operational tools and methods, with time for comments and discussions.
Thursday, September 22. 10:30-12:50 (General Assembly) and 14:30-17:30 Mentheit Room
The future of trout farming

The British Trout Association (BTA) will hold its annual General Assembly (for BTA members only) in the morning and this will be followed by an open event in the afternoon. 
The BTA Trout Forum, with an overarching theme of ‘The Future of Trout Farming’, will encompass a review of recent and current research projects from a number of research institutes, as the ‘science of aquaculture’ will be an essential foundation for future progress.  A consideration of ‘the way forward’ for the industry, in the form of a report from the high level DG MARE event held in May 2016 and personal perspectives, will lead into presentations on assessment of trends in consumer products and market values.
The BTA is expecting to stimulate debate amongst members and interested third parties (regulators, civil servants, scientists, academics, students, etc.), not simply over the scientific research the Association is supporting, but the potential prospects for the industry, given that UK rainbow trout production – as it has also been across the EU - has failed to expand significantly in recent years.  This may only be a temporary plateau, as there are some indications of expansion, however a critical assessment of trout products, marketing and operational costs is an essential requirement for a prosperous industry in the future.

Thursday, September 22. 10:30-12:50 Lammermuir 1 Room
Cutting a long story short - Selective breeding for aquaculture - Traits and tools

 The European Marine Biological Research Infrastructure Cluster (EMBRIC) will be holding a Company Forum Workshop on  the Development of biological resources for the selective breeding of shellfish and finfish.
The workshop wishes to bring shellfish and finfish farmers together with European scientists to promote interaction, information exchange,  and discuss the needs of the industry of the future.
Contact: Prof Chris Bridges (HHU and Tunatech):
Thursday, September 22. 14:30-17:30 Lammermuir 1 Room
Feed for thought

Organised by the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) and WWF, the workshop will highlight and discuss opportunities and challenges in the future of innovation into sustainable feeds.
Friday, September 23. 10:30-17:30 Lammermuir 1 Room
Aquaculture in Marine Protected Areas

Organised by the IUCN, and following the first workshop held at AE2015 in Rotterdam, this workshop will address the potential synergies between diverse types of aquaculture (finfish, shellfish, algae, etc) and types of Marine Protected Areas (Reserve, National Park, Natural Park, Conservation Zones, Sustainable Development Zones, etc). The main output of the workshop is to lay the basis for a short technical paper that covers:
  • An introduction to the topic, including Marine Protected Areas categories, the ecosystem approach to aquaculture and the points of view of the environmental NGO and the Aquaculture industry. 
  • Case studies that present the MPA, its objectives and history, human activities, management and governance, aquaculture activities and financial sustainability.
  • Aquaculture activities, including small scale aquaculture, community-based aquaculture, Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture, aquaculture-oriented MPAs, MPA-labelled Aquaculture, links with other labels (ASC, Fair Trade, Organic, product Quality Label Rouge / Slow Food).  
  • Recommendations for policy and research.
Friday, September 23. 10:30-17:30 Lammermuir 2 Room
The Shellfish Forum

The Shellfish Industry Forum will cover some of the most pressing issues currently facing the industry.  These will include discussion on the status of UK shellfish aquaculture industry. The European commission’s perspective on sustainable development of the shellfish aquaculture sector (Aquaculture Advisory Committee by EU Commission). Other topics will include matters around product safety including Norovirus, HABs and diseases, climate change and biosecurity.
Friday, September 23. 10:30-12:50 Mentheit Room
TAPAS - Tools for Assessment and Planning of Aquaculture Sustainability

The Tools for Assessment and Planning of Aquaculture Sustainability (TAPAS) EU Horizon 2020 project (2016–2020) will create cost-efficient management tools and practices for the European aquaculture sector to investigate the scope of fish and shellfish farming activity in a location, social interactions, potential environmental impacts and any future risks. 
The AE2016 forum is for all industry and related stakeholders in European Aquaculture. It will introduce the TAPAS project and provide stakeholder engagement and feedback for some of the initial project objectives.
The main aim of the workshop within this forum session will be to:
  • Discuss policy, social carrying capacity of aquaculture, and regulatory implementation from the industry, regional and national authorities and other stakeholders.
  • Identify relevant EU licensing policies, regulations and bottlenecks for national or regional production.
  • To discuss an analytical framework for the assessment of ecosystems services (ES) provided from European aquaculture and the possible trade-offs that exists between aquaculture provisioning services and other ecosystem services
Learn more HERE.  

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Monday, June 27, 2016

27/06/2016: Nutriad sponsors ISFNF 2016 Conference on Aquaculture Nutrition

The International Symposium on Fish Nutrition and Feeding (ISFNF) is the biannual premier international forum for researchers, academics and industry concerned with the nutrition and feeding of aquatic animals. The 17th edition of ISFNF was held on June 5-10 in Idaho, USA. The conference, sponsored by Nutriad, attracted around 400 fish nutritionists from around the globe.
The scientific program included 4 invited keynote lectures, 80 oral talks and 130 poster presentations. Key sessions addressed the major bottlenecks in the aquaculture industry. Replacement of fish meal and fish oil by alternative feed resources including plant and terrestrial animal meals, insect meal, camelin oil, cottonseed meal, and DHA-rich micro-algae was covered in the session on Feed Resources.
Dr Peter Coutteau, Business Director Aquaculture at Nutriad, talked on the use of purified bile salts to replace fish oil, lecithin and cholesterol in diets for whiteleg shrimp Penaeus vannamei.
Dr Peter Coutteau
An extensive session on Nutrition and Health (18 oral papers) focused on the importance of gut health in aquaculture organisms. The Nutrigenomics session illustrated the recent advances in the understanding of nutritional metabolism, a promising area to support innovative studies in aquaculture nutrition.
The scientific contributions from Chinese participants at the conference clearly showed that China is increasing its research capacities and focus on aquaculture nutrition. A limited number of sponsor and exhibitor displays were well integrated with the scientific symposium and resulted in productive interactions between the scientific and industrial participants.
Nutriad, ISFNF conference sponsor, introduced its specialty additive programs on Aquaculture Health and Digestion. These product ranges directly address some of the nutritional and health challenges participants are facing.
Visit the Nutriad site HERE.

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Bühler company profile

There are plenty of good reasons for Bühler’s success: Personal commitment, clever entrepreneurial decision-making, a high level of sensitivity to the changing needs of the market, and a core business that has become a byword for quality and consistency, founded on the distinct power to innovate. Tackling the challenges of the period and of the market have always played a role in shaping the direction of the company. This is simply something that Buhler has always done, and when it comes to generating benefits and added value for our customers, we have always been a step ahead.

Bühler is a specialist and technology partner for plant and equipment and related services for processing basic foods and manufacturing high-grade materials. The Group is a global market leader in the supply of flour production plants, pasta and chocolate production lines, fish and animal feed manufacturing installations, and aluminium die casting systems.

The core technologies of the Group are in the field of mechanical and thermal process engineering. With its expertise and over 150 years of experience, Bühler time and again rolls out unique and innovative solutions for its customers, helping them achieve success in the marketplace. Over the decades Bühler has come to be acknowledged as a reliable partner thanks to its distinct commitment to quality and its global presence.

Bühler Group operates in over 140 countries, has a global payroll of 7860, and generated sales revenues of CHF1907 million in fiscal 2010.  

Read more HERE

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