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Friday, April 29, 2016

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.
 
 

Visit the website HERE.

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Reed Mariculture Inc company profile

http://reedmariculture.com/

Reed Mariculture is the world's largest producer of marine microalgae concentrates for larval fish, bivalves, crustaceans and other filter feeders. Their Instant Algae® larviculture feeds are used by over 500 hatcheries, universities, and marine ornamental operations in more than 80 countries around the world. They also produce and distribute pathogen and ciliate free rotifers, Parvocalanus copepods, and Otohime and TDO weaning feeds.

Reed Mariculture's Instant Algae products are closer to nature than any other feed on the market. They produce whole-cell, whole-food microalgae feeds and enrichments from marine algae using proprietary processes. Their products provide fish, bivalve and shrimp hatcheries with clean, convenient, long shelf-life feeds that are superior choices to replace or supplement live microalgae. Their feeds ensure stable and rapidly-reproducing rotifer populations with superior rich nutritional value.

Visit the website HERE.

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29/04/2016: Alltech agrees to acquire Keenan, Ireland’s leading farming solutions manufacturer

Alltech has agreed to acquire Keenan, a leading farming solutions company in Ireland. Keenan, now part of the Alltech family of companies, is the 14th acquisition for Alltech globally since 2011.

“The Keenan group has long been a friend of Alltech. This is a story about two great Irish; globally-minded companies coming together. As an Irishman, I am delighted to welcome Keenan to our family, because together we can deliver greater value to our global farming customers with a wider variety of technological solutions,” said Dr Pearse Lyons, founder and president of Alltech.

“Between Alltech’s primacy in science and Keenan’s manufacturing strength and technological know-how, we have a winning combination for delivering greater farm efficiency and profitability direct to our farming customers.”

Alltech and Keenan have identified possible growth opportunities together, which may include nutritional technologies and feeding programmes focused on feed efficiency and herd health as well as advanced ration formulation.

“This is an exciting time for Keenan to join us here at Alltech,” stated Alric Blake, CEO of Alltech.

“Alltech is looking for avenues to better deliver the Alltech brand to farmers and provide nutritional solutions to those who directly benefit from their use, whether in animal or crop production. Science and technology are at the forefront of everything we do. This new journey with Keenan further strengthens our ability to deliver on-farm nutrition solutions.”

Keenan will continue to be headquartered in Borris, County Carlow, Ireland. Together, Alltech and Keenan employ nearly 300 people in Ireland and close to 5000 globally.
   

http://www.alltech.com/
The Keenan farm mixer wagon, also known as a 'green machine,' has earned a reputation for its reliability and service. Keenan mixer wagons, together with InTouch technology are designed to deliver the optimal on farm feed mix consistently. Alltech confirmed its acquisition of Keenan today; Keenan is the 14th acquisition for Alltech globally since 2011

Visit the Alltech site HERE.


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29/04/2016: Scottish aquaculture leaders set out inspiring vision for a growth strategy to 2030

A group of leading figures in Scottish aquaculture have joined forces to plan an ambitious strategy for growth to 2030.

By setting out an inspiring vision for continued social, economic and environmentally sustainable growth in aquaculture, the group aims to produce a strategy to boost aquaculture’s contribution to the Scottish economy. It believes there is potential opportunity to increase aquaculture’s current contribution of UK£1.8 billion per annum to up to double its current level by 2030.

The group will produce a strategy document, called the Scottish Aquaculture 2030 Vision for Growth, later this year. The document will back an ambitious vision for sustainable growth with practical recommendations, which the group intends to be time-bound for implementation. The strategy will cover the entire supply chain, including farming, equipment supply, infrastructure, processing, research & innovation, the role of the public sector, and marketing.

The report will feed into Scotland Food and Drink’s overall industry strategy for 2017-2030.

Co-chairing the group are Stewart Graham, MD of Gael Force Group, and Dennis Overton, Chair of Aquascot, with other group members representing the entire supply chain in aquaculture, from innovation to production to logistics. Input is also being taken from other leading figures from the industry.

Stewart Graham comments, “There’s an opportunity for Scotland’s aquaculture sector to generate up to double its existing annual contribution to the Scottish economy. And it can do so in a way that continues to be sustainable socially, economically and environmentally.

“With industry and public-sector leadership on this, the gains can be significant, long-term and wide-reaching – benefitting all of the wider stakeholder group including local communities and young people, as well as Scotland plc.”

Over the coming months, the group will gather evidence and recommendations from a wide range of stakeholders in Scottish aquaculture. It proposes to produce an ambitious strategy report that seeks to identify the specific actions required to capture the full value opportunity in the autumn of 2016.

According to Dennis Overton, “We intend this report to inspire ambition and follow-up from multiple stakeholders in Scottish aquaculture – among them, SMEs, multinationals, industry organisations, government, public bodies and investors. All these stakeholders have a part to play in generating substantial growth to 2030, and the report will provide them with the vision, the map and the tools to do so.”
    
http://www.foodanddrink.scot/
Smoking trout at Highland Games, Inverray (Image: cfrancken)
Visit the Scotland Food and Drink site HERE.


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29/04/2016: USDA offers new loans for portable farm storage and handling equipment

Portable equipment can help producers, including small-scale and local farmers, get products to market quickly  

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide a new financing option to help farmers purchase portable storage and handling equipment. Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini and Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Administrator Elanor Starmer announced changes to the Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) program today during a local and regional food roundtable in Columbus, Ohio. The loans, which now include a smaller microloan option with lower down payments, are designed to help producers, including new, small and mid-sized producers, grow their businesses and markets.

"As more communities reconnect with agriculture, consumer demand is increasing for food produced locally or regionally," said Mr Dolcini.

"Portable handling and storage equipment is vital to helping farmers get their products to market more quickly and better maintain product quality, bringing them greater returns. That's why we've added this type of equipment as a new category for our Farm Storage Facility Loan program."

The program also offers a new 'microloan' option, which allows applicants seeking less than US$50,000 to qualify for a reduced down payment of five percent and no requirement to provide three years of production history. Farms and ranches of all sizes are eligible.
   
http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome
Kit need replacing? The USDA may be able to help with that (Image: daniel zimmel)

The microloan option is expected to be of particular benefit to smaller farms and ranches, and specialty crop producers who may not have access to commercial storage or on-farm storage after harvest. These producers can invest in equipment like conveyers, scales or refrigeration units and trucks that can store commodities before delivering them to markets. Producers do not need to demonstrate the lack of commercial credit availability to apply.

"Growing high-value crops for local and regional markets is a common entry point for new farmers," said Ms Starmer.

"Since they often rent land and have to transport perishable commodities, a loan that can cover mobile coolers or even refrigerated trucks fills an important gap. These producers in turn supply the growing number of food hubs, farmers markets or stores and restaurants interested in sourcing local food."
 
Earlier this year, FSA significantly expanded the list of commodities eligible for Farm Storage Facility Loan. Eligible commodities now include aquaculture; floriculture; fruits (including nuts) and vegetables; corn, grain sorghum, rice, oilseeds, oats, wheat, triticale, spelt, buckwheat, lentils, chickpeas, dry peas, sugar, peanuts, barley, rye, hay, honey, hops, maple sap, unprocessed meat and poultry, eggs, milk, cheese, butter, yogurt and renewable biomass. FSFL microloans can also be used to finance wash and pack equipment used post-harvest, before a commodity is placed in cold storage.

AMS helps thousands of agricultural food producers and businesses enhance their marketing efforts through a combination of research, technical services and grants. The agency works to improve marketing opportunities for US growers and producers, including those involved in specialty crop production and in the local and regional food systems. Learn more about AMS services HERE

Today's announcement will further advance the efforts of the USDA's 'Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food' initiative, which coordinates the Department's work to develop local and regional food systems. The USDA is committed to helping farmers, ranchers, and businesses access the growing market for local and regional foods, which was valued at US$12 billion in 2014 according to industry estimates.

Under this Administration, the USDA has invested more than US$1 billion in more than 40,000 local and regional food businesses and infrastructure projects. More information on how USDA investments are connecting producers with consumers and expanding rural economic opportunities is available in Chapter IV of USDA Results on Medium.

Learn more about Farm Storage Facility Loans HERE or contact a local FSA county office. To find your local FSA county office, click HERE

Visit the USDA site HERE.


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Thursday, April 28, 2016

28/04/2016: Video: Opening of APA2016



This video was filmed by Roy Palmer of the Association of International Seafood Professionals (AISP) on the occasion of the opening address at Asian-Pacific Aquaculture 2016 in Surabaya, Indonesia.

Roy invites you to "hear about the Indonesian story and what can happen when a government believes in making a difference."

Visit the AISP site HERE

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28/04/2016: The Global Salmon Initiative (GSI) publishes second annual Sustainability Report at Seafood Expo Global 2016

This year’s Sustainability Report is the second published by the Global Salmon Initiative (GSI) leadership group, which now features 3 years’ worth of data for 2013, 2014 and 2015, from all 12 GSI salmon farming member companies. The report covers 14 key environmental and social sustainability indicators, including three new indicators added this year.
     

http://globalsalmoninitiative.org/
The GSI members are committed to having 100 percent of their salmon farms certified by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) Standard by 2020; as a measure of overall sustainability, the group are using the standard as a reference point for their progress. The GSI report showcases that there are now over 70 GSI salmon farms certified by the ASC, and over 35 farms currently under assessment, a significant increase since the 9 certified in 2015 – and a strong signal of the group’s commitment to greater industry sustainability.

“The publication of the GSI’s annual Sustainability Report means we are routinely benchmarking our performance both as individual companies, and as an industry sector. The report both acts as a reference point for our success but also continuously encourages us to look for new approaches to enhance our sustainability performance,” said Per Grieg, GSI Co-Chair and Chairman of the Board, Grieg Seafood ASA.

“As we review our progress and continue to look for ways to develop, we, the GSI, see cooperation as the main driver behind making these improvements on a greater scale and at an accelerated pace”.

The launch of the second report allows the public access via the Global Salmon Initiative website to review and track the progress of each company over the past 3 years.

“Significant change takes time, and, while we are pleased to see movement in the right direction, as an industry, we know there are still challenges we must face and that a lot more work can be done,” said Sady Delgado, GSI Co-Chair and CEO of Los Fiordos.
   
“However, by sharing this information in such a transparent manner we hope to reinforce our message to stakeholders and customers that we see improved transparency and sustainability as critical elements of our future, and are committed to making these changes our highest priority.”
    
http://globalsalmoninitiative.org/
Image: Liz Lawley
The GSI’s Sustainability Report is the first industry-wide report of its kind and sets transparency at an unprecedented level within the food sector. As global human populations rise and demand for protein sources continues to increase, consumers today are considering a number of factors when making purchasing decisions, including sustainability. For this reason, the GSI report also includes key production information for the five main sources of animal protein – salmon, chicken, beef, lamb and pork – demonstrating that farmed salmon offers one of the most sustainable sources of protein available.

The report provides data across the following areas: fish escapes; fish mortality; antibiotic use; sea lice counts; sea lice treatments; non-medicinal methods; wildlife interactions; use of marine ingredients in feed; certifications and environmental licenses; compliance; occupational health and safety; interactions with the local community; direct labor; and R&D investment.

GSI’s annual Sustainability Report is one element of the group’s work that supports its mission of improving the industry’s sustainability performance and reinforces its continuing efforts in the following focus areas: 
  • Identifying alternative sources of sustainable fish oil replacements to support the long-term future of the industry 
  • Working towards 100 percent of GSI salmon farms being ASC certified by 2020 
  •  Improving fish health through accelerating developments in biosecurity management
The full Sustainability Report and more information on the work of the GSI can be found at their website HERE.  


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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

27/04/2016: Brewers’ yeast products - excellent for use in aquafeeds

https://issuu.com/international_aquafeed/docs/iaf1602_w1/18
by Dr Holger Kühlwein, Leiber GmbH, Germany

First published in International Aquafeed, March-April 2016


Brewers’ yeast and derived products have been successfully used in animal nutrition, including aquafeeds, for several decades now. Leiber GmbH, with two production sites in Germany and further facilities in Poland and Russia, have manufactured brewers’ yeast products for more than 60 years.

The following article will shed more light on production background, well-known properties as well as new insights into by-products of beer production and their efficient use in aquaculture.

Reinheitsgebot: German Purity Laws

Beer brewing has a centuries-long tradition, and especially the famous Reinheitsgebot, sometimes called the “German Purity Law” of beer brewing. From the year 1516, this regulation has enormously contributed to the great acceptance of beer as a highquality, food-grade product.

Read the full article in International Aquafeed HERE.  
 
 
  

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Dinnissen company profile

http://www.dinnissen.nl/

With over 150 permanent employees and an extensive network of agents all over the world, Dinnissen is a global player in the feed, food, pharma and chemical sectors. We are always looking for new and innovative solutions for complete processes, system integrations or standard products – many of which we develop, test and produce in-house!
 
Visit the website HERE.

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27/04/2016: White Paper published today on insect protein for feed

PROteINSECT project’s key publication recommends review of insect protein legislation & funding to help address European protein deficit
  • PROteINSECT fish feeding trials demonstrated insect meal can replace up to 50 percent of feed without affecting animal performance
  • PROteINSECT pig feeding trials revealed improved gut health in piglets
  • PROteINSECT poultry feeding trials showed that chickens fed on insect-containing diets performed as well as those fed on commercial diets
Following three years of international research into the potential of insect protein in animal feed, the EC-funded PROteINSECT project has published a White Paper setting out recommendations for future use of this additional protein source in Europe.

Since 2013, experts from Europe, China and Africa have been investigating the use of two species of fly larvae in the diets of chicken, pigs and fish, carrying out feeding trials and analysing quality and safety of rearing farmed flies on organic waste substrates such as manure.

Their research findings are summarised in the White Paper published today (Wednesday 27 April) along with recommended next steps to help European policy makers, legislators, industry and consumers grasp ‘the insect opportunity’.
   
http://www.proteinsect.eu/
Image: Gilles San Martin
The document, titled Insect Protein – Feed for the Future: Addressing the need for feeds of the future today, encompasses safety, nutritional value, environmental impact, commercialisation and consumer acceptance of insect protein in animal feed.  It endorses two key actions:
  1. A review of Regulation EC 999/2001 and Regulation EC 1069/2009, which prohibit a) the use of insects as a source of protein for animal feed for animals raised for human consumption; and b) the rearing of insects on manure or catering waste, respectively.
  2. A commitment to undertake the necessary research to ensure that the required evidence is available for the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to carry out a full risk profile for insects reared on organic wastes (building on EFSA’s ‘Risk profile related to production and consumption of insects as food and feed’ published in October 2015)
Dr Elaine Fitches, PROteINSECT project co-ordinator, says, “We are delighted to share our White Paper as a key stepping stone towards furthering our understanding of the potential for the use of insects in animal feed in Europe.”

Copies of the White Paper have already been distributed to key members of the European Parliament and it will be formally presented at PROteINSECT’s final conference taking place in Brussels today.

PROteINSECT’s White Paper is designed to safeguard the impact and legacy of its research, ensuring that the potential of insects to make a valuable contribution to existing and future animal feed demand in Europe is fully realised.

“The protein gap in Europe is a very real risk to social, economic and environmental progress,” says Dr Fitches.

“As we seek sustainable European long term solutions we must consider the benefits that the introduction of insects - specifically fly larvae - could have on the content of animal feed.  PROteINSECT believes these highly effective protein converters offer great potential for Europe to become global contributors to the provision of alternative and additional innovative protein sources.”

Visit the PROteINSECT site HERE


Download the White Paper HERE.


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27/04/2016: Masters courses in aquaculture at Harper Adams University

http://harper.ac.uk/aquaculture
MRes (Masters in Research) MSc (Masters by taught courses and project)

Harper Adams University in England are proud to offer unique opportunities for post graduate training in aquaculture with a focus on fish nutrition, feed technology, fish health management and welfare, business and marketing leading to the award of Masters.

Based in beautiful rural England, within a first class campus setting you will experience academic excellence in selected multidisciplinary subjects underpinning the aquaculture sector with experts in the field and links with key industries and stake-holders. You will be supported by a strong academic team in the key specialised areas in a format comprising intensive short modules delivered on a one week block.

Harper Adams is uniquely positioned due to its long history of the agritech sciences and terrestrial animal production (poultry, pigs and ruminants) and related food sciences that can provide new innovative approaches to similar issues in fish culture systems.

Students will gain from the latest developments in the science and technology of this rapidly expanding sector of agribusiness on a local, national, European and global scale.

The programmes are run over a one year period and we have now received Advanced Training Partnerships with associated institutions to promote modules on fish health and disease as well as nutrition and feed technology. The modules and course would appeal to graduates in marine biology, fisheries & aquatic sciences and environmental biology.
    
http://harper.ac.uk/aquaculture
Image: Aqua Mechanical
Animal nutrition, production and veterinary biosciences students as well as veterinarians would advance their knowledge and skills in aquaculture. There are considerable opportunities for jobs in aquaculture where increasingly training with experience is required and a Masters is also a natural progression to higher degrees such as a PhD.

A major component is the project element that spans about 5 months for the typically taught MSc course and ~7 months for the MRes Masters encompassing research training and the project as the main focus for the programme.

The Masters programmes have been fully validated academically and endorsed by industry and can be taken on a part-time basis as well as full-time. With agreement, many students may undertake the project at locations within the UK or abroad in specialist facilities or at their work place if feasible.

Harper Adams University has excellent science laboratories and is currently developing new fish holding facilities for research and training on campus. The university was recently awarded the status of ‘University of the Year’ in Britain by students nationally.
  
Enquiries for enrolment and tuition costs can be made to:

Heather Hogan,
Taught Postgraduate officer
+44 (0)1952 81 5289
postgraduate@harper-adams.ac.uk

Visit the website HERE.

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27/04/2016: ASC releases terms of reference for marine finfish standard development

http://www.asc-aqua.org/
The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) has released Terms of Reference (ToR) for the development of new marine finfish standards.

The announcement was made against the backdrop of Seafood Expo Global 2016 in Brussels and represents a first for the ASC. The ToR advocates the development of standards for new marine finfish species based on the soon to be released standard for seriola and cobia.

Because the knowledge and expertise necessary for the development of standards for seriola, cobia and, in come cases salmon, is applicable to the development of standards for similar fish and farming systems, the forthcoming release of the seriola and cobia standard creates an opportunity to test the applicability of the standard to expand the programme. This is the first time the ASC has taken such an approach.

“The increasing demand for healthy protein has lead to a steep rise in aquaculture production around the world,” said Chris Ninnes, CEO of ASC.

“With fish increasingly becoming essential to global food supply, concerns about the effects of fish farming on people and the ecosystem have escalated. Ensuring people —those who work on the farm and those living in the surrounding community— are protected from harmful practices is paramount for businesses; and a key feature of the ASC standards. It is therefore important that the ASC establishes standards for fish types not currently covered by the programme to further protect the aquatic environment and make sure that farms operate to the best social standard.”

The ToR is a direct result of the many requests ASC has received to create a standard for barramundi, European seabass and seabream. If it is determined that using the seriola and cobia standard is feasible this will provide a quicker route to the creation of standards for new species.

As a market-based programme, the ASC must find ways to effectively respond to the needs of the growing community of farms and retail partners seeking certification for an increasing range of species. This new process could be an innovative way to leverage efficiencies across the organisation in order to respond more quickly to calls for new standards that will help farmers, workers, local communities and improve environmental protection.
   
http://www.asc-aqua.org/
Image: David Elwood
The ASC standards address the negative impacts of fish farming, including dependence on fish for feed; inadequate supply of seed; lack of appropriate techniques; discharges of organic matters, phosphorus, and nitrogen; fish escapes; transfer of diseases parasites between farmed and wild fish; and introduction of non-indigenous species. It also mandates that all workers have freedom of association, employment contracts inline with ILO regulations, no child-labour and that the communities in which farms are situated be consulted on farm operations.
    
As part of a comprehensive programme that expands the use of responsible practices in the aquaculture industry, the ASC makes a significant contribution to mitigating negative impacts ‘on the water’, especially in countries where best practices for environmental and social responsibility are not yet the norm. A unique feature of the programme is the use of performance metrics to measure impacts of farming.

The ToR for marine finfish will officially begin with a field test of the seriola and cobia standard on selected finfish farms that have informed the ASC that they wish to be included in these initial pilots. No certificate is expected from the preliminary field-testing, however the results will help identify gaps between the existing seriola and cobia standard and what may be necessary to create a robust certification for other marine finfish. The feasibility of addressing these gaps will be evaluated, changes will be proposed and consulted on and a process to operationalise the new standard will be developed.

In the event that the pilot demonstrates that the use of the seriola and cobia standard is not feasible, the results of the pilot would provide important information to speed up the development of on-going and future standard development processes.

This ToR and associated pilot activity will also inform the emerging structure of ASC’s core standard development.

The document is now open for public comments and all feedback should be submitted using the form provided in the Annex to the ToR on the ASC website. Farms wishing to engage in the pilot assessments should contact an accredited certifier to undertake the audit and register interest with the ASC.

Transparency is integral to the ASC programme and all information regarding the standard setting process, including field-testing results, will be found on the ASC website HERE.
 


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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Jefo company profile

http://jefo.com/

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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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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26/04/2016: Marine Harvest first to feature New ASC marketing toolkit at Seafood Expo Global

To celebrate the official launch of the ASC Marketing Toolkit, the Marine Harvest Group is the first ASC partner to use elements from the new ASC materials at their booth during Seafood Expo Global in Brussels, Belgium.

Ola Brattvoll, COO Sales and Marketing of the Marine Harvest Group, was joined by Aquaculture Stewardship Council CEO Chris Ninnes for the official unveiling at the start of the Seafood Expo this morning.

The annual event is the largest seafood trade fair in the world with more than 26,600 professionals from 144 countries participating in previous years.

The event marks the official debut of the ASC Marketing Toolkit, and Marine Harvest is the first ASC partner to use the completed set of materials. The booth will be the home of Marine Harvest Group for the duration of the exhibition in Brussels, and will provide examples to others of the ways in which the new materials can support partner communications regarding ASC certification.
       
http://www.asc-aqua.org/
Ola Brattvoll of Marine Harvest and Chris Ninnes of ASC at the unveiling this morning
“We are delighted to be the first ASC partner to utilise elements from the new ASC Marketing Toolkit at our booth. This once more underlines our vision of Leading the Blue Revolution and our commitment to responsible aquaculture. With over 40 of our salmon farms already ASC-certified, and some 15 more under assessment, we are well underway to fulfil our commitment to be 100 percent ASC-certified by 2020,” said Ola Brattvoll, COO of Sales and Marketing of Marine Harvest.

“Marine Harvest is a market leader and a true partner in a shared mission to improve the performance of the industry. Collaborations with them and other industry partners in the use of the marketing toolkit are important to the overall work of the ASC, as it increases our collective capacity to reach key audiences,” said Chris Ninnes, CEO of ASC.

“The new toolkit is one of many ways we provide support to our partners, and we will continue to expand our offerings in line with future demands.”

The ASC Marketing Toolkit is now available to all ASC partners, and will help marketing departments, visual design teams, and content creators efficiently develop consistent materials regarding their ASC certified product. The ultimate goal is to help partners convey their dedication to responsible aquaculture to consumers and stakeholders through simple, compelling visuals and messages. The toolkit will also help promote a clear and consistent vision and brand affiliation with the ASC for content marketing initiatives.

The toolkit incorporates elements most requested by ASC partners, and provides a variety of useful assets including original artwork, icons, approved copy, examples of posters and pamphlet designs to be used in-store, as well as essential advice on logo usage, and will be updated and revised at regular intervals in order to meet partner needs.

You can stop by the Marine Harvest booth at H5-545 to see the innovative new design in use. To find out more, including how to access the toolkit, and additional information about the ASC programme, visit the joint ASC/MSC booth at H7-1553 or contact the ASC Communications department at communication@asc-aqua.org
Visit the ASC site HERE

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26/04/2016: World’s largest seafood exposition open today

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Seafood Expo Global and Seafood Processing Global opened its doors today to thousands of seafood professionals from all around the world seeking to grow their businesses in the global market. The exposition, which takes place at the Brussels Expo, Belgium, from 26-28 April, is the world’s largest trade fair for the seafood industry.

Produced by Diversified Communications, this year’s exposition features 1664 exhibiting companies from 80 countries, including 73 national and regional pavilions.  New national and regional pavilions represented include Finland, Russia, Scotland and Uruguay; and new exhibiting countries from Barbados, Seychelles, Tanzania and Uganda.

Since the events in Brussels, thousands of buyers from more than 120 countries have registered to attend the exposition, including Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, South Korea, Spain and United Kingdom.

“With 35,862 square metres of exhibit space and thousands of visitors continuing to register, the exposition reinforces its position as the industry world’s largest marketplace and meeting place,” says Liz Plizga, Group Vice President for Diversified Communications.

“It is necessary that we provide business continuity to seafood suppliers and buyers looking to reach their business goals in the global market.”

Learn more HERE.

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26/04/2016: Taiwan International Fisheries and Seafood Show, 9th to 11th November 2016

http://www.taiwanfishery.com/en_US/index.html
Taipei fish market (Image: LWYang)
The Taiwan International Fisheries and Seafood Show 2016, co-hosted by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and WES Worldwide Expo, will take place on November 9th-11th at the Kaohsiung Exhibition Hall on a larger scale this year. The show has been open for registration since April 7.
This is the biggest professional exhibition in Taiwan, connecting suppliers, wholesalers and retailers in the fishery industry. With 250 local and international exhibitors on more than 500 booths, and a variety of displays, the show is expected to attract over 7000 domestic and foreign professional visitors, bringing in huge business opportunities in one platform. 

According to TAITRA, the first edition of the show saw 215 exhibitors in 418 booths last year and attracted 6500 visitors, including 700 professional buyers from abroad. After the expo, international media posted stories on the event, giving Taiwan's fisheries and seafood industries greater visibility and exposure on the international stage.

The Taiwan International Fisheries and Seafood Show comprises a variety of sections including:
  • Fishery Equipment and Technology
  • Aquaculture
  • Seafood and Value-added Seafood
  • Processing Equipment
  • Fishery Services
  • Marine Biotechnology
  • Overseas Exhibitors
The second edition of the expo will, for the first time, include a section for fisheries biotechnology. The new inclusion is aimed at promoting the development potential of the local fisheries and showcasing the trends of the local industry. TAITRA hopes to create a more competitive platform for exhibitors.

A century has passed since Taiwan started its fishery industry, which has achieved a balanced development in fishing, aquaculture, seafood processing, equipment manufacturing and logistic services. As an island country, Taiwan has an advantage in fishery development, with southern Taiwan being a place of great importance. In 2013, Taiwan’s fishery industry reached a US$3 billion annual production value, with 300,000 employees in related jobs, and was even ranked as having the world’s third-largest catch in pelagic fishing.

Taiwan’s fishery industry and its production value have thus played a vital part on the international market. The technology and innovation skills demonstrated by local companies have made them stand out from their international counterparts.


http://www.taiwanfishery.com/en_US/index.html
Fish sculpture on temple roof (Image: riNux)
Times are changing and the world is now seeing growing concern over environmental issues. The fishery industry now faces a global crisis as we are draining ocean resources. With a firm industrial foundation and world-leading technologies, Taiwan is now able to artificially breed over 100 aquatic species, including being one of the first nations to successfully breed six of the seven artificially bred grouper species in the world.

Owning a complete germplasm bank, the fishing industry is the typical 'hidden champion' of Taiwan’s traditional industries, providing the perfect edge for global industrial transition and upgrade. The Taiwan International Fisheries and Seafood Show will present a complete picture of the accomplishments that Taiwan’s fishery industry has achieved, and will serve as the best platform in Asia for promoting sustainable fishery and seafood transactions. The expo will see manufacturers, suppliers and retailers from the industry gather at the same venue and will again promote Taiwan’s fishery industry successfully on the world stage.

Visit the show site HERE.


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Monday, April 25, 2016

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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25/11/2016: Aller Aqua Egypt to sponsor Agrena 2016

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Aller Aqua Egypt will once again participate in Agrena – the Middle Eastern region’s largest and most prestigious poultry, livestock and fish exhibition.
 
Start date: 06-10-2016
End date: 08-10-2016
Place: Cairo International Conference Centre (CICC), Cairo, Egypt

As Africa’s largest producer of environmentally friendly extruded fish feed Aller Aqua Egypt are once again proud sponsors of the event, which will feature the latest equipment and feed technology on the market.

Agrena is held over 3 days once a year, at Cairo International Conference Centre (CICC).

The total 2016 exhibition area will comprise 26000 m2 indoors and 2400 m2 in the open air, as an increase in the numbers of exhibitors is expected again this year.

Agrena is an excellent place for both networking and meeting customers face to face.

Read more HERE.


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25/04/2016: Illegal fishing has Taiwan facing a ban on seafood exports to the EU

http://thediplomat.com/2016/04/taiwans-illegal-fishing-is-out-of-control/
Greenpeace has uncovered persistent shark finning and a host of other illegal practices (Image: Nicholas Wang)
The Taiwanese fleet of longline tuna vessels is the largest in the world, supplying the world’s largest seafood companies, such as the Thai Union, Linda van der Horst writes in The Diplomat. 

But the industry is fraught with illegal activities, both in fishing and labor practices. Nudged into action by a threatened ban on exports to the European Union, the Taiwanese government has been trying to address the issue of illegal fishing.

A year-long Greenpeace investigation found that Taiwan’s tuna fishing industry is “out of control” – citing evidence for persistent shark finning, illegal tuna fishing, and forced labor and human rights abuses at sea. But more importantly, the investigative report criticizes the Taiwanese government, stating that Taiwan “knows these issues exist, [but] does little to address them despite domestic and international requirements.”

Last year, in October 2015, the European Union slapped Taiwan with a “yellow card” for not taking sufficient measures to combat illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing, after holding a dialogue with Taiwan on the issue since 2012. In particular, it pointed to Taiwan’s inadequate monitoring, control, and surveillance of long-distance fleets, the EU said in a press release. The EU has been cracking down on illegal fishing since 2010. At least 15 percent of world catches were caught illegally, amounting to 10 billion euros ($11.3 billion) per year, the EU reiterates in their press release. 

Read the full article HERE
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