Wednesday, March 30, 2016

30/03/2016: Jefo seminar in Thailand – 'Life, made easier'

Jefo launched its Thai office on March 28, 2016 at a hotel in Thailand with a new corporate slogan: 'Life, made easier' - for producers, veterinarians, feed manufacturers and consumers.
 
A seminar on 'Innovative Solutions and New Approaches To Solve Animal Health Concerns' was organised. More than 55 individuals from Thailand as well as from Bangladesh, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam attended the event.
   

http://jefo.com/

Mr Didier Arnaud, Sales Director, Asia mentioned that the urge to stay closer to partners and bringing quality service at their doorsteps are major motivations to open the office. The office will serve as a hub to offer timely service to the South and South-east Asian region.

Mr Jean-Cristophe Bodin, Innovation & Development Director of Jefo, discussed transformation to the solutions based approach from products. With its diversified range of products from protease to acidifiers to amino acids to toxic binders, Jefo can now provide solutions for a wide range of issues that the industry is facing.
   
http://jefo.com/

Dr Jowmann Khajarern, a professor from Khon Kaen University discussed 'Feed formulation and management strategies in poultry and swine under tropical conditions.' She emphasised better genetics, better quality feed, efficient environmental and feed management are key for maintaining healthy and happy animals. Additives such as acidifiers and enzymes are important to combat many problems the industry is facing today.

Dr Kabir Chowdhury, Global Technical Manager of Aquaculture discussed the Jefo solution targeting protein optimisation and feed cost reduction available for the industry. He emphasised that cost of proteins is the major cost to produce animal and animal feed. He added that optimisation of protein using protease enzymes not only reduces the cost of feed and animal production but also helps in nitrogenous waste reduction.
    
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Following Dr Chowdhury, Dr Manathaya Taelibhong, an MSc student from Kasert University discussed the results from her trial with protease in broilers.

Dr Glenmer Tactacan, Technical Specialist, Jefo and Mr Jean Christophe Bodin also discussed solutions and strategies for antibiotic free production and AGP reduction in poultry and swine production. Controlling salmonella and E. coli is a huge challenge for the industry and Jefo can provide cost-effective and timely solutions with its range of organic acid and essential oil products developed based on its own micro-matrix technology.
     
http://jefo.com/

Dr Supornchai Sri-Nhonghang, General Manager of Jefo-Thai welcomed the participants at the beginning and conducted the full seminar. He mentioned that this is a new beginning and a unique way to serve our partners in the region.

Visit the Jefo site HERE.

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GePro company profile

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GePro Gefluegel-Protein Vertriebs-gesellschaft mbH & Co. KG is a member company of the PHW Group, one of the largest producers of poultry products in Europe. As a member of the PHW Group, GePro is part of a completely integrated poultry production network.

GePro headquarters are in Diepholz (Germany) with global sales offices located in Bangkok (Kingdom of Thailand) and Moscow (Russian Federation).

GePro transforms poultry by-products from the slaughterhouse into valuable ingredients for animal nutrition and biofuel (SP-Power).

With the state-of-the-art production systems, our products are of extremely high quality and are regarded as benchmarks in the industry. The entire process is under strict veterinarian control leading to consistent, flawless quality and a great value proposition for our customers.

Visit the website HERE.

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30/03/2016: Channel catfish: An overview of nutritional requirements

https://issuu.com/international_aquafeed/docs/iaf1601_w1/44
by Herbert E Quintero, PhD, Aquaculture/Fisheries Centre, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, USA

First published in International Aquafeed, January-February 2016


The catfish industry is one of the largest and best developed aquaculture segments in the United States. Commercial production of channel catfish started developing in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and since then feed formulation for catfish started to be tested (Hastings and Dupree, 1969).

The main objective of providing minimal quantities of nutrients has not changed since those earlier studies, but the need for increasing production and optimizing resources has changed. Initially, channel catfish were raised in ponds at low stocking densities and fed low-cost, incomplete diets.

That trend changed by introducing nutritional balanced diets that were developed based on the determination of nutrient requirements of this species starting in the early 1970s (Lovell, 1977). US catfish production increased rapidly from the early 1980s until 2003 when it reached 662 million pounds of catfish processed representing more than half of total aquaculture production.

However that trend shifted and started declining with 300 million pounds of catfish processed in 2012, which represents approximately 55 percent decrease since 2003 (USDA, 2004, Hanson & Sites, 2013).

In recent years, the industry has been striving to develop technological solutions to improve production, including implementing hybridization programs, and intensifying production with the introduction of new technologies such as  the split-pond system and the in-pond raceway system, both of them variations of the partitioned aquaculture system (Brown & Tucker, 2013; Brown et al. 2014).

Read the full article in International Aquafeed HERE.  
 

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30/03/2016: BBC: UK£80m fish feed plant planned for Kyleakin on Skye

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-35916420

Kyleakin Castle, Isle of Skye (Image: Oliver Clarke)
Fish farming company Marine Harvest has announced that Kyleakin on the Isle of Skye is its preferred location for an UK£80m fish feed factory, the BBC reports.

The company said the development on the site of an old quarry would create 55 full-time permanent jobs.

The plant will produce food for the firm's Scottish fish farms as well as those in Norway, Ireland and the Faroe Islands.

Marine Harvest hopes the new plant will be up and running by 2018.

The company made the announcement after consideration of a number of sites on the west coast.

The Kyleakin site is known as Altanavaig (Allt Anabhaig) quarry.

Read the full article on the BBC website HERE.


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30/03/2016: OMC Europe 2016: A week to go – details of technical visits released





The 6th Offshore Mariculture Conference is just a week away. In 2014, the Conference attracted delegates from 28 countries from a plethora of sectors that make up the offshore mariculture and aquaculture industry. 51 percent of attendees came from Europe, whilst the majority of the remainder came, most noticeably, from the Americas. Sales to date are up on 2014 bookings, and we predict another equally diverse and engaging mix of delegates in 2016.

Read the full programme HERE.
 With the ongoing need for growth in aquaculture, the conference will help fish farmers and producers to grow their business, whether it be through moving from coastal to offshore/high energy sites or simply by adding value through intelligent processing and responsible, sustainable aquaculture.

Following the keynote addresses by Ernesto Penas Lado, Director: Directorate A — Policy development and coordination: DG MARE — Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries and Michael Rubino, Director, Office of Aquaculture, NOAA Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the first session will cover the challenges and opportunities represented by moving to high energy or offshore farming sites. 




http://www.offshoremariculture.com/europe
Delegates have the opportunity to visit the Mercabarna Central Fish Market, Barcelona on day three
The following presentations will be included:
  • Donna Lanzetta, CEO, Manna Fish Farms: Offshore mariculture – where and why?
  • Alonso Echevarria Ubilla, Director, AEX Group: Analysis of an offshore aquaculture system in the Ecuadorian coast
  • Eleni Papathanasopoulou, Plymouth Marine Laboratory: Offshore aquaculture development in UK waters – opportunities and challenges
  • Neil Anthony Sims, Co-Founder & CEO, Kampachi Farms, LLC: Over-the-Horizon Aquaculture™ – ecological footprint, synergies and remote command-and-control technologies in deep water offshore fish pens
  • John C Bonardelli, PhD, Shellfish Solutions: Analysis of surface floats used in high-energy sites in the rope-grown mussel industry and their impact on commercial yields and marketable quality
The conference dinner, taking place on day one, will be held at La Gavina restaurant, located within the restored Palau del Mar building at the foot of the Mediterranean Sea. A traditional Spanish restaurant, La Gavina has a history that dates back to the 1930s. The dinner will provide the perfect platform for networking and continuing discussions between speakers, delegates, sponsors and supporters before the second day of presentations continue at the World Trade Centre on Thursday 7 April.

Following the two-day conference, the Offshore Mariculture Conference will conclude with technical visits on day three. Delegates are firstly invited to the Mercabarna Central Fish Market, which occupies around 24,000 square meters. 48 wholesale companies operate from 80 points of sale, with 14 distribution points (stockpiler stalls). The Market sells around 78,000 tonnes of produce each year, some 81 percent of which is fresh – spaces on this trip are limited to 30.


The second technical visit will be to the IRTA (Research & Technology, Food & Agriculture). IRTA is based in the heart of the Ebro Delta, owned by the Government of Catalonia and ascribed to the Department of Agriculture. The objective of IRTA is to carry out strategic research in aquaculture, facilitating its efficient transfer both to official agency bodies and the industry and to develop focused research in order to improve the knowledge and technology needed for increasing the number of species cultured and/or improve the existing processes, both from the production and from the food safety points of view – places will be limited to 60 delegates, again allocated on a first come first served basis.


There is still time for delegates to secure a place at the conference, with fish farmers receiving a preferential rate. All enquiries should be directed to conferences@offshoremariculture.com  +44 1329 825335

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

29/03/2016: Aller Aqua Group builds new factory in Zambia

Aller Aqua Group by Christiansfeld in Denmark is one of Europe’s largest producers of environmentally friendly fish feed. The company now takes further measures in their proactive growth strategy by building a new factory in Zambia.

One year ago, Aller Aqua’s new factory in Egypt was inaugurated, and the company has now decided to build another factory on the African continent, which plays a large part in the company’s growth strategy. 

Aller Aqua has partnered with Yalelo Limited as a  key client.  Yalelo has grown quickly to become one of the world’s leading tilapia aquaculture firms.  Alongside the construction of Aller Aqua’s Zambian fish feed factory,  Yalelo has commenced an expansion project to increase production to 20.000-30.000 tons of Tilapia within the next few years.

The new company and factory will be called Aller Aqua Zambia, and will be the largest and most modern of its kind in Africa. It will have a capacity of 50.000 tons of feed per year, and the investment is approximately 10 million USD, explains Henrik Halken, Group Vice President, who is responsible for the company’s activities on the African continent.

Both companies see great prospects in the collaboration. It will ensure Yalelo access to the best feed on the market – and thus enable the company’s continued growth.

To Aller Aqua Group, Yalelo’s offtake provides commercial security. This enables a larger initial investment in building a world-class fish feed factory from inception.  

The fish feed factory gives Aller Aqua a great basis for expansion in Zambia, a country which aims to be self-sufficient with farmed fish – but also able to export to neighboring countries such as: Angola, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Botswana, Namibia, Malawi, Tanzania and Congo.

“The factory will be situated near the town Siavonga, on the shore of Lake Kariba, and is expected to be ready mid-2017, provided that the final commitments and permits are given from various authorities and institutions as expected” says Henrik Halken.

The market is expanding, and so is Aller Aqua Group

Demand for affordable protein is growing quickly in Africa, which is one of the world’s fastest growing regions by both population and income.  Aquaculture is expected to play a significant role in African food security and lakes such as Kariba, Victoria and Volta offer high potential. 

Today half of the fish consumed worldwide are farmed.  Fish farming is the most efficient and environmentally friendly way of producing protein for a growing population.  


“With the great potential in Africa it is important that we are present. Aller Aqua needs to make the most of the momentum we have created over the last few years. 

We have experienced significant growth in Egypt in 2015 and created two new sales subsidiaries in both Kenya and Nigeria, both of which contribute positively to the company’s growth. 

The feed for these two markets comes from our European factories and contribute positively here.  In Zambia and the region we plan to replicate our experience of supporting smallholder fish farmers through training in the use of more efficient commercial fish feeds.

With the new factory in Zambia Aller Aqua Group will consolidate its position as the largest producer of environmentally friendlyextruded fish feed in Africa” states Henrik Halken. 

Read more HERE.

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

24/03/2016: AquaSG ‘16: Innovation and Investment in Aquaculture

Researchers, investors, farmers, feed manufacturers, nutritionists, environmental agencies, decision makers and stakeholders from the international aquaculture industry can look forward to an exceptional platform for learning and discussing ideas about aquaculture science and technology this October 19- 21, at the School of Applied Science, Temasek Polytechnic, in Singapore.

Following positive response from the 2-day conference and workshop first introduced in 2015 to officiate opening of the Centre for Aquaculture and Veterinary Science at Temasek Polytechnic, the organising committee has engaged Asian Aquaculture Network (AAN) to present Aqua SG’ 16 this year, which comprises of a 3-day conference, exhibition and pre-conference workshops.

Alongside the conference program, exhibition opportunities are also made available for suppliers to present their nutrition products, instruments and equipment for farm management, diagnostics and therapeutics, as a complete package to encourage sustainable aquaculture practices within the industry.

Widely known as the global commerce, finance and transportation hub, Singapore will certainly lend its favourable geographical location to the growing success of AquaSG and the growth of aquaculture innovations and investments within the Asia Pacific region in the near future.

Read more HERE.

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24/03/2016: Aquaculture UK 2016 — bigger and better than ever!

For the past ten years Aquaculture UK has grown ever more valuable to all sections of the national and international aquaculture industry — bringing together decision makers from more than 30 countries worldwide. 


Today this ground-breaking exhibition, conference and gala dinner is recognised as the essential place to launch and promote new products, meet new customers, establish relationships with buyers and suppliers, and network with everyone from industry influencers to leading academics, hands-on researchers, government agencies and international journalists. 

Taking place for the fifth time at Aviemore, Scotland on May 25-26, Aquaculture UK has 45 percent more exhibition space than previous years, with over 100 exhibitors already booked and is expecting a record high of more than 1000 expected visitors over the course of the two days. 

Founder David Mack, who has recently handed over the reins for Aquaculture UK to 5M publishing, says, “Attendees have always felt that Aquaculture UK is an unmissable event and it is. The location, size and ease of access of the location really works. All the hotels, conference rooms and the exhibition hall in Aviemore are within 200-300 metres of each other which means it is very easy to carry on networking long after the official opening times." 

"The bar of the Highland Hotel buzzes till early in the morning as delegates and exhibitors catch up on industry matters and gossip. In Scotland we had several years of rapid growth, even during the recession and this is reflected by the growth in the show. Going forward, feedback has been taken from previous events to make this year's show the biggest and the best yet!”

Reaching new customers….
Major sponsors and exhibitors at this year's event include VAKI, Aquapharma, Skretting, FAIVRE, Fish Vet Group, EWOS, Biomar, AKVA, KJ and Mohn Aqua as well as many more. 

Although it is undoubtedly a highly important event in Scotland and the UK, the show has grown to become a truly international event with exhibitors from Europe, Canada, Peru, Israel, Iceland and the USA.

Jonn Sólheim Thomsen at KJ, the largest supplier of cages and catamarans to the Faroese salmon industry says, “We are coming back this year because Aquaculture UK 2014 was very good for us. We met many people from the industry and received orders on both cages and catamarans. We are now looking forward to Aquaculture UK 2016 to meet both current and future customers.”  

Mal Scott from Mohn Aqua, who will also be exhibiting at the show added, "We are delighted to be exhibiting at Aquaculture UK 2016. It is the perfect opportunity to showcase our new product range to new and existing customers from around the globe. This year we will be excited to be displaying our new Fish Health Monitoring System that can detect and count Sea Lice automatically."

Pushing Boundaries….
New this year and coming on board as a major supporter of the event is the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) who will be hosting a conference on the second day. 

They plan to poll visitors to Aquaculture UK on the first day and then discuss the results via an in-depth roundtable on day 2. The focus is on making sure the discussions at the conference reflect the most important issues relevant to this year’s visitors. 

It is hoped that this will facilitate the sharing of best practice and enable delegates to address the industry's hottest topics from Sea Lice to Anaemic Gill Disease to Cleaner Fish and more. 

The conference will also include workshops on what a national centre for aquaculture might look like and a focus session on DZR developments. The involvement of the SAIC is all about strengthening the links between the aquaculture industry and the research community in order to facilitate further commercial success and economic growth. 

Tomorrow’s industry leaders….  
Elanco Animal Health will again sponsor the Young Scientist Award for Best Student Presentation and this competition will take place on the first day. 

The winner will receive an amazing all-expenses paid visit to Elanco’s dedicated Aquaculture R&D site on Prince Edward Island, Canada where they will meet with their leading scientists involved in vaccines, and the latest pharmaceutical and technological innovations.

The 2014 winner was Marie Smedley and she visited Elanco's Aqua Health Facilities in Canada as well as Cooke Aquaculture, the Atlantic Vet School and Aquabounty. 

 “For me the conference was an exciting chance to communicate my Phd research to a wider audience in the aquaculture dominion. Visiting the Elanco facilities in Canada, gave me a unique opportunity to network and learn of ongoing research in aquatic health and production. 

As a young researcher, Aquaculture UK is an amazing introduction to the UK industry as it is probably the most important platform for stakeholders in the UK Aquaculture sector.”

Commenting on why they sponsor this award, Elanco's Global Head of Aqua Business says, “We have a rich history of aquaculture innovation and we believe that encouraging young, talented scientists is pivotal to building the future of our industry. Our commitment to research and innovation for the aquaculture industry involves active collaboration with a wide industry network that extends from academic institutions to our own customers.” 

Network… at our Gala Dinner...
A highlight of the event as in previous years, will be the Aquaculture UK 2016 Awards Gala Dinner to celebrate the UK Aquaculture industry. Held on Wednesday 25th May at the Macdonald Aviemore Highland Resort the dinner includes pre-dinner entertainment and will be a great opportunity to meet and relax with suppliers and clients at the end of the first day. 


Read more HERE.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

23/03/2016: See Concetti’s bagging solutions for animal feed & petfood at Victam, Bangkok on 29-31 March

http://www.concetti.com/en/

Bag filling has been taken to a new level with the Starpack® range of bagging machines. 
The Starpack® pedigree is well known around the world and Concetti, a world-leading manufacturer of high quality packaging machinery and a provider of turn-key solutions, are pleased to announce the very latest ultra high-speed machine, capable of handling up to 1600 bags/hr with 25-50 Kg bags and a choice of closure systems. Handling woven-PP, paper and plastic bags the robust design incorporates Concetti’s automatic format change to combine speed with flexibility allowing different bag formats to be handled and changed at the touch of a button.
     

http://www.concetti.com/en/

A large capacity two-position motorised bag magazine offers users long runs and excellent productivity. The unit is particularly aimed at Starpack®’s traditional industries such as feed and petfood and also fertiliser, salt, seeds where strength and durability are paramount.

Concetti can provide machines and complete lines to meet all customer needs, combining strength and flexibility and has recently supplied from their own range, a complete bag filling and palletising line to MAXIPET Lda, part of the Rações Zêzere group and based at a brand new state of the art factory in Águas Belas, central Portugal. At MAXIPET, the Concetti line handles any pack weight between 1.5 and 20 Kg using open mouth bags made from paper, plasticised raffia (woven polypropylene), PE and aluminium foil, with and without handles or resealable zip, with easy opening features, stabilos and so on. All bag sizes, within the limits of the machine, can be handled giving MAXIPET the maximum opportunity to exploit almost every sector of the dry petfood market.

The Concetti company will be present at Victam Asia in Bangkok, Thailand (29-31 March), Asia Pacifics premier event for the animal & aquatic feed, petfood and biomass technology. 


You can also visit Concetti at:
  • Nitrogen+Syngas - Berlin (D) - February 29 - March 3, 2016 - Stand 41
  • Victam Asia - Bangkok (T) - March 29-31, 2016
  • Empack - Utrecht (NL) - April 12-14, 2016 - Stand B100
  • Powtech - Nurnberg (D) - April 19-21, 2016 - Hall 1 Stand 612
  • PTXi - Rosemont (IL-USA) - May 03-05, 2016 - Booth 4116
  • SIPSA - Algiers (DZ) - October 04-07, 2016
  • Pack Expo - Chicago (IL-USA) - November 06-09, 2016
  • Emballage - Paris (F) - November 14-17, 2016
Visit the Concetti site HERE.

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Ferraz Machinery and Engineering Ltda company profile

http://www.ferrazmaquinas.com.br/home/

Based in the city of Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo state, Brazil, on the Via Ananhguera, one of the main highways of the country, Ferraz now occupies premises of approximately 13,000 m2, built on a land area of 32,000 m2. All the products that the company sells are manufactured entirely on the premises of Ferraz by the most qualified professionals in the areas of machining, boilers, bodyshop, welding, lasers, shipping, services and spares.

Ferraz projects are in accordance with the standards of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) required by the Ministry of Agriculture, and bear the ANFAL quality seal PIQ-PET (National Association of Balanced Food Manufacturers).

We design and install complete lines for animal feed production processes - for branny, pelleting and extruded feeds. From start to finish of every factory installation project, we present and follow all the steps of its construction. We also provide aftercare, always bringing innovations and improvements to equipment as well as effective and constant technical assistance.


Visit the website HERE.

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Amandus Kahl company profile

http://www.amandus-kahl-group.de/kahl_gruppe/en/home/

More than 130 years of experience in plant and machine manufacture have made Amandus Kahl a respected manufacturer and supplier of extruders, compound feed presses, wood pelleting plants or granulate coolers, for example. The company’s motivation has always been to develop an even better product for our customers. For this reason we cooperate with research institutes and universities. You can always be sure that they will supply you an optimally customized wood pelleting plant, grain cooking plant, waste-tyre recycling plant etc. Their scope of services also comprises maintenance and repair of the compacting machines, compound feed presses, extruders and wood pelleting plants as well as all other products of our company.


Read more HERE.


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23/03/2016: GSSI public consultation on benchmark report for Alaska RFM ends 5 April 2016

http://www.ourgssi.org/
GSSI's four week public consultation is currently underway, from 8 March to 5 April 2016, on the GSSI Benchmark Report for the Alaska RFM program owned by the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute.

Alaska RFM applied for GSSI recognition and has been benchmarked against the GSSI Global Benchmark Tool on: Section A (Governance), Section B (Operational Management) and Section D (Fisheries).

GSSI’s Benchmark Committee recommends Alaska RFM to be GSSI recognized, after the Independent Experts found Alaska RFM to be in alignment with all GSSI Essential Components, as outlined in the Executive Summary and the GSSI Benchmark Report.

GSSI invites comments on the outcome of the Benchmark Process, which in the past months has involved: Alaska RFM, Steering Board Liaison, Independent Experts and Benchmark Committee Members.

How to submit your comments: 
  • Download executive summary of the GSSI benchmark report for Alaska RFM HERE 
  • Download GSSI benchmark report for Alaska RFM program (Excel file) HERE
  • Insert comments in the very right side column of the Excel file (titled 'Step 5: Public consultation') and add your name
  • Return the Excel file and any additional comments you may have by 5 April 2016 to secretariat@ourgssi.org
About the GSSI Benchmark Process
Seafood certification schemes go through a 7-step Benchmark Process to be recognised by GSSI. The expert-led process involves objective assessments made against the Benchmark Framework. The process has been designed to be independent, impartial and transparent. Once a seafood certification scheme has gone through the Benchmark Process and is found in alignment with all GSSI Essential Components it will be publicly recognised by GSSI. GSSI will then publish a statement and a Benchmark Report on their website HERE.   

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23/03/2016: Dust-tight closure for open bags

http://www.buhlergroup.com/global/en/home.htm#.VvJ7lzXtkbI

The pinch closing station for the bagging station Maia is suitable for dust-tight closures of pre-glued bags made of paper or woven polypropylene usable for automated processing. With the Bühler pinch closure the bags are glued instead of sewn.

The result: cleanly closed bags with a flawless appearance and improved food safety, because there is no risk of thread bits falling into the product when the bags are opened. Part of the machinery is a swivelling cover which allows quick and easy access for cleaning and maintenance.
     
The Bühler pinch closing station offers maximum flexibility. The open bags are safely guided through the process and therefore ensure top reliability and work safety. The machine can be adjusted quickly and without using any tools to different bag sizes, filling products and bag types made of paper or woven polypropylene.
     


Read more HERE.

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23/03/2016: Tasmanian innovation growing global aquaculture

http://panlogica.com/
A Tasmanian company who plays a vital role in more than one-quarter of the world’s farmed Atlantic salmon production had their new offices opened by Hon Matthew Groom MP Minister for State Growth today.
   
PanLogica is a Hobart-based company that provides unique and world leading value chain planning software called Neptune.

Neptune takes account of financial, biological and processing considerations for the aquaculture sector and allows decision makers to consider millions of potential outcomes to any planning situation and choose the most sustainable and profitable one for the business.

“The opening of these offices today by the Hon Matthew Groom MP marks the next phase of PanLogica’s growth as the world’s leading optimisation software for the aquaculture industry. We are tremendously excited about the future of the industry and Neptune”, Dr David Wright said.

“Neptune helps our clients produce fish in the most efficient and environmentally sustainable way, and it has great potential across all aquaculture species including shellfish.”

“We are very lucky to be working with some of the most exciting aquaculture companies in the world from our offices in Tasmania,” Dr Wright said.

The close working relationship with customers such as Marine Harvest and Huon Aquaculture has been one of the foundations for us to continue to grow our business and innovate our product.

Panlogica has developed an impressive customer base of innovative aquaculture companies including Huon Aquaculture in Tasmania and the largest producer of Atlantic Salmon in the world, Marine Harvest.

Visit the PanLogica site HERE.


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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

22/03/2016: Channel catfish

https://issuu.com/international_aquafeed/docs/iaf1601_w1/42

First published in International Aquafeed, January-February 2016

The Latin names of some aquatic species can have fascinatingly obscure meanings that provide anyone in need of a hobby with hours of joyful investigation and speculation. The channel catfish is, alas, not one of them: Ictalurus punctatus simply means ‘spotty catfish’, and the briefest glance at one will tell you why.

Not everything about this species is so obvious, however. Although the US Fish and Fisheries Commission began collecting this species from its native Mississippi River Valley in the 1870s, it was 1890 before they got it to spawn in captivity, and only then did they realise the eggs were guarded by the male.

It would be a further 26 years before farmers discovered the productive gains to be had by providing the fish with a container to use as a nest. And only in 1929 was it understood that the male fish fanned their eggs for a reason, and that perhaps we ought to start doing so too.

Commercial aquaculture of this species wasn’t really considered economically viable until the end of the 1950s - over 80 years after collection and stocking first began.

Channel catfish have been widely introduced throughout the USA and abroad: mainly Russia, Latin America and China. Indeed, China now even exports a small amount of this fish back to its native country.

In the US and China, channel catfish are grown in ponds, tanks and raceways. Cages tend not to be used. The water needs to be warm; in some northern climes this is sometimes achieved using geothermal waters or even the heated waters coming from electric power plants.

Feed tends to be plant derived proteins, but vitamin supplements may be added, especially in indoor cultivation systems. Harvesting is done with wide-mesh seine nets so only fish of marketable size are taken.

Although currently popular across the US due to its image as a healthy food, the future market for channel catfish is uncertain, owing to competition from imported species.

Source: FAO        

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Zhengchang company profile

Established in 1918, Zhengchang has made constant innovations in feed machinery industry and accumulated a wealth of experience in tackling the various challenges facing feed companies and, more importantly, is able to offer a range of comprehensive solutions. ZCME has now evolved into China’s largest manufacture of feed machinery and has 16 branches in China with over 1300 staff and more than thirty offices all over the world.
 

Zhengchang to date has successfully constructed more than 2000 turnkey projects around the world, covering the fields of poultry and livestock feed, aquatic feed, pet food, premix feed, sawdust pellets, fertilizer, silo storage, pasture, electrical control and garbage treatment etc. ZCME projects are designed to deliver to the client higher feed quality, higher overall capacity and greater profits.

Zhengchang have overcome many challenges for our customers and accumulated rich experience over the past 90 years. We are now making great endeavors to apply our latest achievements to feed, pasture, environment protection, fertiliser, and sawdust shaping industries.

Zhengchang is more than a professional partner who can provide advanced machinery, technology and management ideas. It is also a true problem solver who knows you well enough to oversee your development.

Zhengchang is with you every step of the way.

Compared with its traditional pellet mill, the SZLH528 optimizes its paddle’s structure and distribution, which can make materials fully mixed while providing a sufficiently long conditioning time, with improved cooking and mixing effects. It adopts a gear-type driving system and achieves a production output 15 percent more efficient than belt conveyors.

The innovative design of the gear box and driving system make the transmission more stable and reliable. Chute structure and automatic discharging system have also been improved. Features such as outer oil lubrication, anti-blockage die holes and pneumatic outer discharge of material ensure the equipment works safely and tightly attaining high levels of hygiene and free of leaks. The main shaft temperature alarm system improves the stability of the main drive.

The gears use top quality steel, giving them a life of more than 30,000 hours.  The SPHS218F produces a variety of high-grade extruded aquaculture feeds, pet foods and sinking fish feed. It is widely used in the following areas: extruding of bullfrog feed, weever feed, shrimp feed and crab feed. It uses a high-precision inverter, feeds more evenly than regular feeders, has high capacity, better stability and easy access.
 
Employing a user-friendly design for steam and water injection, it can detect flow on-line and add liquid accordingly. The special design of mixing shaft and blade effectively improves maturity level and mixing evenness. It can add up to 30 percent water and steam which can be evenly mixed. High hardness, wear-resistant alloy screws and bushing greatly improve the service life of the parts subjected to the greatest wear. 
  As a professional supplier of pellet mills and a machine manufacturer, we try to supply our customers with the most up-to-date machines and most effective and careful after-sale services.
 
 

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22/03/2016: Taylor Shellfish first farm in US to achieve Aquaculture Stewardship Council certification

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) has announced that Taylor Shellfish Farms has become the first US grower to achieve responsible aquaculture certification for a farming operation in Washington State.

The Shelton, Washington State based company received ASC Bivalve Certification for its operation in the South Puget Sound basin, which comprises the Hood Canal and the area south of the Tacoma Narrows, including Olympia and Shelton. The certification was achieved after an on-site assessment by independent auditors SCS Global Services. Chris Ninnes, ASC’s CEO, announced the company’s certification on March 7th during Seafood Expo North America in Boston, Massachusetts.

The ASC is an independent, not-for-profit organisation co-founded by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and The Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) in 2010 to manage the certification of responsible fish farming across the globe.  An independent, international organisation, the ASC aims to transform the aquaculture industry to a higher standard through a global certification and labelling program with a focus on good management practices, including the conservation and quality of water resources.  The certification system meets international codes of good conduct, including FAO Guidelines for eco-labelling and ISEAL Standard Setting Codes.

“Taylor Shellfish Farms is dedicated to providing our customers with the freshest, highest quality shellfish available and doing so in ways that respect the environment, our communities and the people who work for us,” said Bill Taylor, company CEO.

“We believe the ASC to be the gold standard for assessing shellfish farm performance, and we are very gratified to have completed the work to become the first farm in the US to achieve this certification.”

“This achievement distinguishes Taylor Shellfish as an innovator in the seafood market and is proof of their strong commitment to responsible farming and good social practices,” said Chris Ninnes, CEO of the ASC.
    
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“We are thrilled they have become the first farm in the United States to join the programme. The US is a hugely important market in terms of global aquaculture consumption and, by partnering with industry leaders such as Taylor Shellfish, we can make a strong case that responsibly farmed fish is better for business and better for the environment.”

The company says it will actively pursue certification for all its farm operations in Washington State.

The ASC Bivalve Standards evaluates the performance of shellfish operations against criteria related to the natural environment and biodiversity; water resources and water quality; species diversity, including wild populations; disease and pest management and resource efficiency. The standards also address social issues related to a company’s engagement and support of local communities and the quality of the workplace for employees.

The ASC bivalve standard was finalised in 2012 and the first shellfish farm was certified in South America in 2014.

“Consumers, wholesalers and retailers increasingly want to understand and validate how the products they sell or consume come to market,” Taylor said.

“The ASC’s independence, high standards and transparent process provide a strong assurance that companies that pursue certification take responsible shellfish farming very seriously.”

Credibility and independence, core values of the ASC, are underpinned by the transparency of the audit process. ASC does not audit the farms itself and the standard is also completely independent of the seafood industry.  Assessment and verification of compliance is performed by an external, third-party auditors known as a certification body. The certification bodies are in turn accredited and monitored by Accreditation Service International (ASI), an independent, international organisation associated with ISEAL.

Meaningful engagement is also built into the ASC certification program and public feedback and input from stakeholders is actively solicited during the certification process. Every audit report is made public on the ASC’s website, allowing for stakeholder input through a public comment period, a unique feature of the ASC program, to ensure that the principles of inclusiveness and openness are preserved.

These principles are also enshrined within the ASC’s organisational structure and approach. Everything from standard setting to certification is done in a transparent manner. The ASC engages with NGO’s, academic experts and non-profits to ensure that the standards remain meaningful and robust.

Despite the fact that the first farm only entered assessment in late 2012, at the time of writing there are 243 ASC certified farms in 27 countries and over 100 more in assessment. Certification is available for the most in-demand seafood and the program has an estimated total production volume of more than one million tons. Consumers can enjoy ASC certified products in more than 54 countries and the program continues to grow to meet global demand.

Visit the ASC site HERE.

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