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Thursday, March 23, 2017

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.

According to their website: "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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24/03/2017: Joined forces for a sustainable European aquaculture of the future

AQUAEXCEL2020 is a €9.7 million European Union-funded Horizon 2020 research infrastructure project aimed at supporting the sustainable growth of the aquaculture sector in Europe

It comprises a large group of leading European aquaculture research facilities that work towards bringing aquaculture research in Europe to a new level by 2020.  

It will do so by integration of the European aquaculture community, and providing it with crucial tools, facilities, and novel services to conduct advanced fish research.
  

Aquaculture currently provides about half of the fish for human consumption worldwide. The demand for fish is rising, but fisheries are not expected to grow due to fully or over-exploited fish stocks.

Aquaculture production seeks to meet this increasing demand for fish, but while the aquaculture sector is growing in the rest of the world, it has stagnated in Europe in recent years.

The European aquaculture industry has ambitions to grow sustainably with continuing efficient and environmentally responsible production of high-value fish products. This will be possible if it ensures excellent scientific research and translates results into innovation and industrial growth.

European researchers need effective and convenient access to the best aquaculture research infrastructures to conduct research for the advancement of knowledge and technology in the aquaculture sector.

AQUAEXCEL2020 aims to bring together, integrate, and open up diverse key national and regional aquaculture research infrastructures in Europe to all European researchers, from both academia and industry, ensuring their optimal use and joint development.

These research infrastructures are made available through the AQUAEXCEL2020 Transnational Access (TNA) program.

Building on the success of its predecessor AQUAEXCEL (2011-2015), the AQUAEXCEL2020 project unites a group of major aquaculture experimental facilities that have the capacity to undertake experimental trials on a selection of commercially important aquaculture fish species and system types.

Almost half of the project’s budget will go into the provision of this transnational access to aquaculture research facilities and harmonised services for both academic users as well as private sector users, especially SMEs.

Academic and industry researchers will then be able to perform their research projects with “free of charge” access to 39 top EU aquaculture research infrastructures that are not available in their country of origin.

Over 100 researchers have previously used this opportunity to extend their investigations including on different systems, species, and facility and water types, as part of AQUAEXCEL and AQUAEXCEL2020.


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24/03/2017: Canada to showcase its strong fish and seafood industry at Seafood Expo North America 2017

Canada's fish and seafood industry continues to thrive and benefit the livelihood of the many Canadian communities that depend on it

The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, and the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, are proudly leading the Government of Canada's delegation at Seafood Expo North America, March 19-21, 2017, in Boston, Massachusetts.

"Canada's fish and seafood industry is a vital part of our economy and our communities. I am immensely proud to be showcasing Canada's fish and seafood to important export markets, and to be highlighting our government's commitment to sustainably managing our fisheries and aquaculture operations to ensure they remain healthy for future generations”, said The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, P.C., Q.C., M.P., Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

"I am honoured to be here working with this world-class sector to encourage strong fish and seafood sales worldwide, helping create jobs in our coastal towns and cities and helping more people join the middle class. Global demand is growing, and Canada's variety, quality, value and sustainability will help meet that demand", said The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, P.C., M.P., Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.

 
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With thousands of seafood buyers and sellers from around the world, Seafood Expo North America is the largest trade exposition of its kind in North America.

It presents a tremendous opportunity for Canada to promote our world class fisheries management regime and our high-quality, sustainably-sourced fish and seafood products.

Canada's 2016 fish and seafood export values show that trade in this sector continues to grow. Canada exported a record $6.6 billion worth of fish and seafood products in 2016, up 10 percent from 2015.

The United States remains our largest export market, accounting for 65 percent of our exports worth $4.3 billion. Canada is the largest supplier of fish and seafood to the United States, emphasising the importance of this trading partnership.

"Seafood Expo North America is a fantastic way to showcase the quality and sustainability of the fish and seafood available from Canada. The US is a key market for our seafood producers, so many of our members look forward to taking part year after year to meet with buyers and suppliers. The participation of both Minister LeBlanc and Minister MacAulay underscores the government's commitment to working with industry in promoting Canada's world-class fish and seafood”, Michelle Boudreau, President, Fisheries Council of Canada.

"Demand for Canadian aquaculture products continues to grow in markets as diverse as the USA, China, Japan, South Korea and Singapore; yet we have much still to accomplish. We are encouraged by the leadership of Minister LeBlanc and his commitment to science, innovation and new federal aquaculture legislation. Our ultimate goal remains continued responsible growth and sustainable, healthy and nutritious seafood that is in high-demand around the world”, said Ruth Salmon, Executive Director, Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance.

Minister LeBlanc will take advantage of the presence of many fisheries associations and environmental non-government organisations to hold a roundtable discussion on Canada's plan to achieve its marine conservation targets by protecting five percent of marine and coastal areas by 2017 and 10 percent by 2020.

Marine protected areas support increased size, abundance and diversity of marine species, protect spawning stocks and protect habitat critical to lifecycle stages which can help replenish fish stocks-all of which can benefit Canada's fish and shellfish sector.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada will continue to meet with provinces and territories, Indigenous groups, the fishing industry, and other interested parties to discuss their important role in conserving marine biodiversity and safeguarding the health of our oceans for future generations.

Additionally, Ministers LeBlanc and MacAulay will meet with provincial Ministers responsible for fisheries, aquaculture, and agriculture, who are also attending Seafood Expo North America, to advance sector specific objectives. 


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23/03/2017: BioMar Group to establish feed factory in Australia

During the last years BioMar Group has delivered an increasing volume of feed to the Australian market from factories in Chile and Scotland

Now the company is ready to establish a green field feed factory in Australia with a yearly capacity of 110.000 tons.

The market is evaluated to have a high potential for growth within a broad range of species.

 
Carlos Diaz
Underlining the expansion strategy of the company, BioMar Group announces yet another growth initiative: The construction of a feed factory in Australia.

BioMar Group is already cooperating with local state government building the required foundation for approval.

The aim is to be able to serve the customers, being locally agile with a solid foundation of global product development and technical experience within species such as salmon, trout and yellow tail king fish.

“In 2016 we opened a factory in Turkey and this year we will be ready with our second factory in China as well as with expanded capacity in Norway. In 2019 we aim to open a feed factory in Australia supported by our established factories, technical experts and global R&D department. We are as a group dedicated to fulfil the growth ambitions in our strategy being an independent premium feed supplier with a high degree of global cooperation”, explains Carlos Diaz CEO, BioMar Group.

Through the presence in the market BioMar Group has obtained a hands-on understanding of the local farming conditions and challenges.

It is the expectation that being locally present with commercial staff, technical expertise and production facilities will lead to an even more competitive advantage in the market.

The ambition is to support the customers by developing high performance products tailored to local farming conditions with a strong profile in regards to sustainability, feed safety and food quality.

“I am confident that our approach of balancing local agility and global excellence will give us a solid position in Australasia. We have already established very successful cooperation with key customers and we are looking forward to working with a broader base of customers developing the aquaculture industry in Australia and New Zealand. The world around us is changing and there is an increasing need for combining sustainability and efficiency. We clearly see that end-consumers are changing buying patterns towards high quality products with a responsible profile. We firmly believe that working closely together with the value chain can prepare the industry to take a lead in the global food sustainability agenda”, states Carlos Diaz.


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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Extru-Tech Inc company profile


Founded in 1985, Extru-Tech® has installed numerous extrusion systems worldwide designed for the production of human food, pet food, aquatic feed and animal feed products.

Extru-Tech® also maintains the reputation of supplying the extrusion industry with superior quality replacement parts.


Extru-Tech® currently produces and markets one of the industry's most complete lines of extrusion processing systems. 

In addition, they offer a full line of ancillary equipment and customised equipment solutions for specialised processes.

Visit the website HERE






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23/03/2017: High in protein and highly digestible: feather meal as alternative to fishmeal

by Sophie Gregoire, Soleval, France

Soleval is a leading French supplier of land animal proteins that have been used for many years as nutritional ingredients in the pet food sector

The company is known and recognized for the safety of its products, based on EU regulation* for animal byproducts (the strictest in the world) and their nutritional value.
 

After the reintroduction of PAPs (Processed animal Proteins) into the European Aquafeed market in June 2013, Soleval naturally ventured into this new market.

A real force in its market, the company decided to enlarge its offer to fish feed producers with a range of poultry proteins dedicated to premium formulations.

Looking for the highest protein content and the best digestibility, Soleval also developed two years ago a range of innovative feather meals called Hypro TM providing excellent nutritional performances.

Nutritional performance in terms of protein content and digestibility

Considering the carbon footprint of aquafeed and the ever-growing price of traditional fish ingredients, this new feather meal appears as a valuable protein source to be used to replace wild fishmeal.

Facing an increasing demand in the aquaculture sector, fish feed producers and farmers using this new feather meal may find a chance to diversify their supply, lower their carbon impact and reduce logistics costs while maintaining growth performance due to the nutritional quality of the feather meal in terms of digestibility and capacity to provide essential nutrients.

According to Mélanie Guédon, responsible for the Aquafeed markets at Soleval, “Processed animal Proteins (PAPs) contain a lot of interesting nutrients like digestible proteins and amino acids. Feather meal is also very interesting”.

However, facts and figures are more credible than promises therefore Soleval decided to support its offer with external studies.

Results from a recent growth trial suggested that replacing fishmeal by PAPs shows better results than replacing it with vegetable proteins.

It is actually possible to replace 100 percent of the fishmeal in the diet of Nile tilapia with equivalent fish growth.


Read the full article HERE.

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Andritz company profile


ANDRITZ is a globally leading supplier of plants, equipment, and services for hydropower stations, the pulp and paper industry, the metalworking and steel industries, and for solid/liquid separation in the municipal and industrial sectors.

The publicly listed technology Group is headquartered in Graz, Austria, and has a staff of almost 25,000 employees. ANDRITZ operates over 250 sites worldwide.


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22/03/2017: How to control moulds in aquaculture

by Dr Elisabeth Holl and Tilman Wilke, Dr Eckel Animal Nutrition GmbH & Co., Germany

One of the most critical factors in global feed and food production remains to be the prevention of post-harvest losses of raw materials

Efficient preservation methods for plant based components with organic acids are therefore of special interest also for the continually growing aquaculture sector and its requirement for industrially produced aquafeed.
 


Aquafeed traditionally relies on fishmeal as the predominant protein source. Limited volumes and high prices make it economically and environmentally necessary to look for other sustainable options for aquafeed formulation.

Therefore, plant components that are used as alternative protein sources in commercial fish feeds are soybean meal, rapeseed meal, sunflower meal and wheat.

However, these components are subject to deterioration caused by moulds and yeasts, especially in warm climates. There are multiple factors leading to spoilage in feed and food such as moisture content, temperature, storage conditions and the naturally occurring microbial contamination.

Nutrient losses
Moulds in feed are a serious economic problem because they consume the main nutrients and affect the palatability of the feed. Losses of nutrients caused by moulds can occur in magnitudes up to 10 percent.

Especially the crude fat content of grains is affected by mould growth during storage, even more so than proteins and carbohydrates. Losses in metabolisable energy from maize may even reach 25 percent.

The danger of mycotoxins
Apart from these nutrient losses, moulds also produce mycotoxins, threatening animal and human health. Aflatoxins for instance can be transferred into animal tissues and therefore pose a serious risk for the consumer (carry-through-effect).

The detrimental effects of mycotoxins, on animal health and performance, have been comprehensively studied in land animals but there are relatively few studies in aquaculture systems. There is however evidence, that fungi and mycotoxins have a negative impact on health and performance of fish.

The most important mycotoxicosis in fish and shrimp is caused by aflatoxins, primarily produced by aspergillus ssp. during storage of feed and raw materials.

For yellow catfish Gonçalves (2010) described growth depression and decreasing feed conversion ratio with increasing levels of Aflatoxins in the diet.

Trout, Tilapia and shrimp have also been shown to be susceptible to Aflatoxin contamination in the feed, reacting with weight loss, liver damage or increased mortalities (Tacon, 2002).


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22/03/2017: Asian Pacific Aquaculture 2017

PWTC in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia July 24-27, 2017 Organised by the Asian Pacific Chapter of the World Aquaculture Society Hosted by the Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture & Agro-Based Industry, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

WAS-APC Awards Announcement for APA17 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 24th -27th July 2017

WAS-APC is excited to announce the Awards for this year’s major Conference in Malaysia.
 

The theme for this year Asia Pacific Aquaculture (APA17) is ‘Transforming for Market Needs’.

The student award structure has partly been brought into line with the WAS globally to ensure consistency.

Additionally, WAS-APC will continue financing and awarding exceptional women within the field of aquaculture.

The three categories for Awards are:

• Pre-conference Student Travel Awards (judged on abstract) - Abstract/travel award 1st - $400 USD Abstract/travel award 2nd - $400 USD Abstract/travel award 3rd - $400 USD. The selection will be done based on the submitted abstract against the following criteria: format for submission, abstract tittle, abstract content, scientific and research value, application potential, scope, clarity.

• Presentation/poster awards for Students (judged during the conference) - Presentation 1st - $600 USD Presentation 2nd - $400 USD. Poster 1st - $600 USD Poster 2nd - $400 USD. The selection will be done against the following criteria: Scientific and research value, Management value and application potential, scope, verbal/audio-visual presentation, clarity and conciseness, stimulated intelligent discussion, abstract and tittle.

• Travel Award for Women’s Participation: 600$ for 2 women. The criteria and application process for the selection of the women awardee has been developed by Aquaculture without frontier and is communicated on another announcement specifically for this award.

The Student Awards proposed by WAS-APC are important matters to the whole aquaculture community because students are building not only the future of our organisation but also the future of our industry globally.

The number of WAS-APC members is increasing every year at a fast rate and therefore the Award Committee of the WAS-APC is taking this task of picking up young talents with great enthusiasm.

All students submitting an abstract and presenting a poster or an oral presentation will be evaluated. This year again, for the APA17, WAS-APC has arranged for Aquaculture without Frontiers (AwF) to facilitate the Travel Award for Women’s in return for a donation of USD 500.

Here again WAS-APC is putting emphasis in supporting the development of the roles of women in aquaculture where, without a doubt women can strive and support the transformation of our industry.

Any general enquiries and questions about the Student Awards should be referred to Dr Guillaume Drillet, PresidentElect of the WAS-APC and Chair of the Award committee,  email - gdr@dhigroup.com

For inquiries about the Travel Award for Women, contact Dr Bibha Kumari, Student Director of the WAS-APC, email - bibhak136@gmail.com

We look forward to seeing you in Kuala Lumpur!

Yours faithfully,

John Cooksey
WAS Director of conferences, email - worldaqua@aol.com


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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

22/03/2017: Unga Holdings celebrates opening new aquafeed factory in Eastern Africa

On the 16th of March 2017, Kenyan Cabinet secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Mr Willy K. Bett and Dutch Ambassador Mr Frans Makken officially opened the new Aqua feed factory of Unga Holdings Ltd in Nairobi, Kenya

The new feed plant is designed to produce 5,000 tons per year of high quality floating fish feed for the East African Market.

 
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It is the first establishment of this size in East Africa, that will responds to the high demand for fish feed.

With the new plant Unga Farms Ltd. creates the opportunity for local fish farmers to increase their output and lower their productions costs per kg.

Unga Holdings Limited Board Chair, Ms Isabella Ochola Wilson said, “In line with our Vision of “Nutrition for Life”, Unga has taken a bold step – investing, with the support of funding from the Dutch Government – Kshs. 225,000,000 in a state-of-the-art fish feed production facility to serve an aquaculture industry still in its infancy.”

For the design of the plant Unga Holdings ltd. cooperated intensively with the dutch companies Ottevanger Milling Engineers, Almex – Extrusion, Nutreco/Skretting and Larive International.

The companies work together in the Dutch Public-Private partnership program, FoodTechAfrica(FTA).


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IDAH company profile



IDAH’s ultimate goal is to be world’s number one with customer satisfaction.
IDAH’s vision is to build on our solid traditional manufacturing roots and expand out to be a full-service solutions provider: offering value-added system designs and turnkey project consultation services.

Through this expansion, we hope to create an international platform where technology could be shared and integrated for the benefit of our customers.

By upholding the IDAH Spirit, the passionate team members of IDAH are committed to achieve this vision.

The IDAH Spirit
"Creativity, Honesty & Quality "

Creativity is what gave birth to IDAH in 1974 and consequently the birth of the feeds manufacturing industry in Asia.

Innovation through creativity is what has enabled us to be the industry driver from our inception until now. IDAH is committed and well positioned to lead the industry of tomorrow.

If creativity is the engine that has rapidly pushed IDAH forward; Honesty is what keeps us moving in the right direction.

 IDAH has been firmly grounded on the virtues of quality, honour, and accountability. Our main business is to safeguard the trust that customers have given us and be a dedicated upholder of the highest quality standard.

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21/03/2017: AwF – UK unique

by Clifford Spencer

There are several national AwF organisations, so you may be pondering what makes this one special


Clifford Spencer
In this column I’m going to discuss what AwF UK’s USP’s are and what really is going to make it stand out from the crowd.

The UK organisation will carry out all of the original aims and objectives of the founding versions plus a few more. We will promote responsible aquaculture and techniques, pay special attention to alleviating poverty, provide technical and managerial expertise of our profession from students to retirees.

We will demonstrate simple techniques for facility construction, resource use, farm operation and management, and for product consumption and sale, not to mention training others.

We will also cooperate with existing NGO’s, work at both the grass roots and industry level, seek integration of aquaculture with other income and food generating activities, go for long-term, well designed, operated and monitored projects that are assessed for efficiency and be transparent and accountable.

We have close ties with the African continent and plan to be heavily involved in developing and encouraging the varying forms of aquaculture there. Indeed our next activity is to work with the World Aquaculture Society in its inaugural conference in Cape Town in June this year.

An initial meeting has already taken place in South Africa with the event organisers and a further meeting will take place this month in Texas at Aquaculture America in particular, to work with those setting up an African chapter of the World Aquaculture Society.

We are also hosting an event there and providing speakers to promote Aquaculture America, as well as speakers aiming to promote African aquaculture, one of who will be representative of the African Union.

Read the full article HERE.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

21/03/2017: GAA teams up with JD.com to provide certified fresh food to Chinese consumers

The Global Aquaculture Alliance recognised China’s largest e-commerce company by revenue, JD.com (NASDAQ:JD), at Seafood Expo North America (SENA) on March 19 for raising awareness of responsible aquaculture and food safety to Chinese consumers through its perishable foods division, JD Fresh Food

Through its Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) division, GAA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with JD.com to promote sales of farmed seafood products originating from BAP-certified facilities during a special fresh food promotional week on JD.com beginning March 24.

 
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BAP is the world’s leading third-party aquaculture certification program, with standards encompassing food safety, environmental responsibility, social responsibility, animal health and welfare, and traceability.

“E-commerce is an exciting, new market for global seafood trade, and JD.com is a pioneer in these efforts with their fresh food platform for the China market,” said Steven Hart, Vice President of GAA.

“The strength of JD.com, which allows users to purchase fresh or frozen seafood and have it delivered that same day, allows us the unique opportunity to build the BAP brand directly with the Chinese consumer.”

Through its BAP program, GAA is working with JD.com to identify companies that are producing farmed seafood in a responsible, safe manner.

By working with JD.com, these companies can access its 226.6 million active customers more directly through a platform that allows them to better brand themselves, tell their story of responsible, safe aquaculture production, and better market the health benefits of seafood consumption.

Representing JD.com at the MoU signing, which took place at GAA’s SENA exhibit, was Xiaosong Wang, President of JD Fresh Food.

“As China’s largest online retailer, we believe it is our duty and obligation to provide JD’s hundreds of millions of customers direct access to the world’s freshest and best seafood,” said Mr. Wang,

“Through the cooperation with GAA, we will be able to vastly expand our offering in the Chinese market.”


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Amandus Kahl company profile



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 their customers. For this reason they cooperate with research institutes and universities. You can always be sure that they will supply you an optimally customised 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 they offer in their company.

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21/03/2017: Biomin announces participation in €16m project for feed and food quality, safety and innovation (FFoQSI)

A total of 40 organisations, including six scientific and 34 company partners from five countries, are taking a farm-to-fork approach to addressing food safety and food security issues, in the form of the new K1 Centre for Feed and Food Quality, Safety and Innovation (FFoQSI) in Austria. 

The goal of the four-year, sixteen million euro project is to make feed and food production better, safer and more sustainable, and to drive further innovation through basic and applied research.  

FFoQSI would create a unique hallmark of food chain integration in Europe for countries—particularly where small and medium size food supply chains are essential,” stated the FFOQSI project coordinator, Professor Martin Wagner of the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna.

Revolutionary technology 
The effort spans 12 projects that address specific issues relating to the production of food of plant and animal origin, intertwined with an overarching innovation platform that bundles cutting-edge technologies for use in either pre-harvest or post-harvest quality assurance.

“Novel technologies such as next-generation sequencing and advanced physico-chemical analysis are going to revolutionise the fields of molecular biology and sensing technology in the very near future. These technologies can be used in plant science and animal science but also in food and consumer science,” explained Prof Wagner.

Leading research 
“BIOMIN has been the strongest company-based supporter of FFoQSI since the days when the idea was generated,” commented Prof Wagner.

“As a key player in developing innovative solutions for the feed and food industries, we see a clear rationale for employing our extensive research & development capabilities here,” noted Dr Gerd Schatzmayr, Research Director at the BIOMIN Research Centre.

“It affords us a chance to further develop our longstanding R&D partnerships with leading institutions in Austria and beyond.” Specifically, BIOMIN will take part in 3 distinct projects, related to mycotoxin detection, phytogenic feed additives and antibiotic resistance in livestock.

Mycotoxins 
The first project, conducted in cooperation with the Centre for Analytical Chemistry at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU), aims to improve detection of mycotoxins and other contaminants in crops, and builds on the state-of-the-art liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) technology.

“Sophisticated multi-mycotoxin methods, such as Spectrum 380®, allow the identification of over 400 mycotoxins and metabolites in one go,” explained Dr Schatzmayr.

“This has really opened the door to understanding emerging potential threats to animals and humans. We hope to widen the scope in order to be able to detect hundreds of additional toxins.”

Phytogenics 
The second project further explores the effects of Digestarom®, a phytogenic feed additive (PFA), on swine gut health, in cooperation with the Institute for Animal Nutrition, Livestock Products and Nutrition Physiology at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU).

“Research has already revealed anti-inflammatory and gut protective properties of plant-derived substances that improve gut performance,” stated Dr Schatzmayr.

“Our aim is to further elaborate the mode of action of PFAs.”

Antimicrobial resistance 

The third project addresses antibiotic resistance in livestock. It will more closely examine the resistome –the full set of antibiotic resistance genes– of poultry and swine, and how it is affected by feed additives.

“For several years now, we have been conducting research into the mode of action of antibiotic resistance using advanced tools such as high throughput gene sequencing and bioinformatics,” detailed Dr Schatzmayr.

“Thus far, results have shown that the replacement of in-feed antibiotics by application of novel feed additives can reduce the presence of antibiotic resistance genes. Our aim is to gain further insight on the implications closer to farm level.”

About FFoSQI 
The Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) has approved the Austrian Competence Centre for Feed and Food Quality, Safety and Innovation (FFoQSI) to operate from 2017 through 2020 as a Competence Centres for Excellent Technologies (COMET) program initiative.

It entails 12 projects with involvement from 6 scientific and 34 company partners representing 5 countries. The commitment of company partners includes the financing of a centre of excellence in agri-food chain research.

The K1 Centre is seated in Tulln, Austria and has satellite locations at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU), the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna (Vetmeduni Vienna) and the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria.


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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Leiber company profile

Now with more than 140 employees, with each one a specialist in his or her domain, Leiber has a well-proven team in a company following a clear strategy for more than 50 years: working with values.

“What makes us unique? We focus on what we know best. Yeast. Production on the highest level of quality. Latest technology. New findings from science and research. The performance of a team of specialists. 

This is what defines Leiber´s strategic orientation. This is what makes us truly entrepreneurial”, as explained on the Leiber website.

“The markets´ requirements are changing - we are able to follow. This is how we became one of the leading manufacturers of specialised yeast products”.

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17/03/2017: Expect great events for aquaculture in 2017

by Antonio Garza de Yta

Dear readers of International Aquafeed, I wish you all a very warm greeting and my best wishes for the remainder of 2017
 
Antonio Garza de Yta

For reasons beyond my control I could not write for the latest editions, however, hopefully, I shall be with you continuously from this edition.

This year is undoubtedly full of interesting events, beginning with the North American chapter of the World’s Society of Aquaculture. This is where I am writing and where the economic recovery of the activity is noted, as well as how it has evolved.

I am not really surprised by the number of people involved in the cultivation of bivalve molluscs and all the equipment that is offered for the mechanisation of production systems, the most sustainable form of animal protein production.

Personally, I always thought that these crops did not offer an option for producers of formulated food, but as on many other occasions private initiative and ingenuity showed that I was wrong.

I was impacted by the amount of products that are used fir the substation of algae within the seed-producing laboratories.

I will try some of them in our new experimental laboratory for oyster breeding.

On the WAS side this year we will also have three very interesting events. The first of all will be the world convention in South Africa, which will take place from June 26-30 in Cape Town.

This is the first time that the WAS World Event takes place on the African continent. I hope that this is the first of many and that we will see how Africa begins to produce the levels of aquaculture of which it is capable.

Also, that serves for the formation of the African chapter within this society.


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17/03/2017: DSM and Evonik establish joint venture for omega-3 fatty acids from natural marine algae for animal nutrition

Royal DSM and Evonik today announced their intention to establish a joint venture for omega-3 fatty acid products from natural marine algae for animal nutrition

This breakthrough innovation will, for the first time, enable the production of omega-3 fatty acids for animal nutrition without using fish oil from wild caught fish, a finite resource.

Evonik and DSM’s alternative omega-3 source is the first to offer both EPA and DHA and will be aimed at initial applications in salmon aquaculture and pet food.
 
 The companies will together build a commercial-scale production facility in the United States. DSM Nutritional Products and Evonik Nutrition & Care will each hold a 50 percent share in the joint venture and co-own the production facility, which will be built at an existing site of Evonik and is expected to come on stream in 2019.

The joint venture plans to invest around US$ 200 million in the facility (USD 100 million by each party over circa 2 years).

The initial annual production capacity will meet roughly 15 percent of the total current annual demand for EPA and DHA by the salmon aquaculture industry.

The set-up of the joint venture, to be named Veramaris and headquartered in The Netherlands, will be finalised subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.

Evonik’s and DSM’s highly concentrated algal oil is a high value and pure source that will enable the animal nutrition industry to keep up with the increasing demand for these two essential omega-3 fatty acids without endangering fish stocks, contributing to healthy animal nutrition as well as to the ecological balance and biodiversity of the oceans.

Joint development between DSM and Evonik
The joint venture follows the joint development agreement, signed in July 2015. Under this agreement, Evonik and DSM have jointly worked on the development of products and the manufacturing process and explored opportunities for commercialisation.

Both companies achieved positive results in the development of the product while extensively working with the entire value chain, including fish feed producers, fish farmers and retailers.

Under the joint development agreement, DSM and Evonik have successfully produced pilot-scale quantities of the algal oil at DSM’s production facility in Kingstree, South Carolina (United States).

Customers will be able to receive sizeable quantities of the product for market development while the construction of the new manufacturing plant is underway.

 The successful product and process development was only possible thanks to the complementary competencies that Evonik and DSM bring to the collaboration: DSM has expertise in the cultivation of marine organisms including algae and long-established biotechnology capabilities in development and operations, whilst Evonik’s focus has been on developing industrial biotechnology processes and operating competitively large-scale manufacturing sites for fermentative amino acids.

Innovation breakthrough for aquaculture, pet food and beyond

The algal oil from DSM and Evonik means that the vision of salmon farming without using fish-based resources is – for the first time – becoming realistic.

By replacing fish oil in salmon feed with this EPA and DHA rich alternative, the fish-in-fish-out ratio could be reduced significantly. This alternative will enable the aquaculture industry to continue to grow sustainably. Worldwide fish oil production is approximately one million metric tons per year.

Most of the fish oil is used in aquaculture, mainly for fat-rich fish species, such as salmon. The limited wild fish stocks restrict the amount of fish oil available and thus the growth of the aquaculture industry.

Currently, the industry uses about 75 percent of the annual production of fish oil. Evonik and DSM’s algal oil will offer a sustainable non-fish alternative. Just like humans, animals also need their daily intake of essential, long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids in their diet to ensure healthy growth.

Until now, these fatty acids have been added to aquaculture feed and pet food almost exclusively from marine sources such as fish oil and fishmeal. As the new algal oil can be applied in feed production in the same way as fish oil, it can easily be introduced by feed and pet food producers.

DSM and Evonik are also pursuing applications of their algal oil for other aquatic and terrestrial animal species.

Omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA
Omega-3 fatty acids are a family of polyunsaturated fats, including eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Because they are not produced naturally by the body, omega-3s must be obtained from the diet or through supplementation.

A large and growing body of evidence shows that sufficient levels of omega-3 EPA and DHA support brain, eye and heart health in multiple species, including humans. Research suggests that omega-3 EPA and DHA may lower triglyceride levels (lipids) in the blood and may have positive effects on arterial function.

Eating seafood twice a week is recommended by multiple health authorities. In a study evaluating the risks and benefits of fish intake published in the Journal of the American Medical Association JAMA, researchers found that 1-2 servings of fish per week, especially fish high in omega-3 EPA and DHA, reduced the risk of coronary death by 36 percent and total mortality by 17 percent.


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17/03/2017: New RAF course recognises importance of social accountability in aquaculture

An important new online course from the Responsible Aquaculture Foundation addresses social responsibility as an essential element of aquaculture

The course, 'Social Accountability in Aquaculture' covers fundamental labour rights, worker safety and health, and community relations.

 
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"Aquaculture businesses must acknowledge their responsibility to address social issues and take systematic steps to ensure that they uphold the rights of their workforce and contribute positively to the communities within which they work," states the course introduction.

As outlined in the course, most countries prohibit slavery, child labour and discrimination, but violations can occur, and groups such as minorities, women and indigenous peoples are particularly at risk of falling victim to labour abuses.

These abuses can cause physical, emotional and economic harm.

"Our goal with this course is to help aquaculturists better understand the principles of social accountability, but not just to comply with standards or regulations," George Chamberlain, RAF president, said.

"Addressing worker rights and other social issues is simply the right thing to do, and it is fundamental to acceptance by consumers and the greater seafood marketplace."

Through risk management and training, occupational safety and health should be paramount at aquaculture farms and processing plants - not only in the workplace, but also in housing and surrounding areas.

Aquaculture facilities should also take steps to ensure positive and productive relations with members of the communities they impact.

The new social course was written by Birgitte Krogh-Poulsen, a social development consultant who specialises in the elimination of child labour, forced labour and human trafficking.

Based in Denmark, she has advised organisations, governments and businesses regarding labour and social rights for over 20 years.

"Addressing social issues can be complicated," Ms Krogh-Poulsen said.

"Understanding the fundamental issues is the first step toward ensuring that seafood is produced and sourced responsibly from a human rights perspective and that basic social compliance can be achieved in an operation."

As with the Responsible Aquaculture Foundation's other courses, the new title is currently free, but will require a registration fee later this year.

In addition to Social Accountability in Aquaculture, the RAF Education Program offers a growing range of courses, including material on water quality and shrimp diseases.

New course content on seafood safety in aquaculture is also under development.

To access these courses, register and log in, HERE

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16/03/2017: Planning consent granted for Scottish Sea Farms New RAS Freshwater Hatchery

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  • Salmon producer to build £35m facility at Barcaldine, Oban, Scotland UK
  • 25 skilled jobs to be created at transformational new facility
Scottish Sea Farms has received planning permission to build its new state of the art Recirculating Aquaculture System (RAS) young salmon (smolt) hatchery at Barcaldine Argyll, by the Argyll and Bute council this month (March 2017). 
 
Leading salmon producer Scottish Sea Farms is investing £35 million in this major new facility as part of a total £70 million spend anticipated over the next few years. The new hatchery will create up to 25 permanent high-value skilled jobs.
 
The new land-based RAS freshwater facility will be used for rearing smolts in bio-secure and environmentally friendly conditions.
 
Planning consent follows a period of consultation with the local community and the company has adapted plans to ensure that the site is developed in a way that also benefits the community and supports sustainable growth in the area.

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16/03/2017: GLOBAL SALMON INITIATIVE (GSI) MEMBERS TO WORK WITH PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES IN SUPPORT OF R&D


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GSI members have shared a Statement of Intent to demonstrate support for industry R&D as a critical component to the industry’s sustainable progress

London, United Kingdom – March 16, 2017, 14:00 GMT: The aquaculture industry has made considerable progress in reducing its use of antibiotics over the past two decades; and as a global protein source, farmed salmon uses the least antibiotics of all animal proteins. Through its focus to further reduce antibiotic use, the Global Salmon Initiative (GSI) has today issued a Statement of Intent with pharmaceutical companies to demonstrate its commitment to supporting research and development (R&D) into new industry health products.

The Statement of Intent comes as a result of all GSI member companies recognizing the critical need for continued R&D, if they are to find new, and effective, tools for improved biosecurity and fish health management. In particular, the industry is clear that finding a vaccine which offers an effective solution to the continuing challenge posed by SRS in Chile is a pressing priority, and the main driver behind this announcement. Acknowledging that such R&D comes with high levels of investment, the GSI wished to formalize their commitment to supporting the pharmaceutical industries input to R&D. Within the statement, GSI members outline that where fairly priced health products are available and proved effective, they recognize it is in their interest to purchase from companies that have developed the product for a long enough time period for the inventive pharmaceutical company to recoup the costs and allow for future investments. In addition to this, GSI members also intend to support the R&D process through increasing access to company biological material, and supporting trial procedures where suitable, to
ensure innovation can happen at an efficient pace, and with the most
effective outcomes.

“The salmon industry faces challenges that require new and effective solutions, and success depends upon continued innovation,” said Andrés Lyon, CEO, Multiexport Foods and Co-Chair of GSI Biosecurity Taskforce. “We must support our supply chain and the work being done to help ensure the most effective and sustainable farming approaches.”

This Statement of Intent represents just one aspect of the ongoing work within the GSI’s Biosecurity Taskforce. Member companies, and pharmaceutical Associate members, are working pre-competitively to share knowledge and experiences to support the industry in overcoming biosecurity and fish health risks.


“GSI members are clearly acknowledging that our R&D efforts are worthwhile and that the companies are committed to making decisions based on a vision of
long-term future sustainability,” said Jose Fernando Rodriguez, Global Technical Services Manager, Elanco Aqua Business. “Through ongoing collaboration between GSI member companies and the pharmaceutical Associate members, we have been able to identify possible barriers to industry progress, and identify ways to overcome them.”

In addition to the work being carried out in support of industry R&D, the GSI Biosecurity Taskforce members are continuing to share best practices on management of sea lice and SRS, as well as sharing knowledge on the prevention and management of algal blooms.

If you would like more information on the Statement of Intent, please contact the GSI Secretariat at GSI@axon-com.com.


ABOUT GSI

The Global Salmon Initiative (GSI) is a leadership initiative established in 2013 by global farmed salmon producers focused on making significant progress on industry sustainability. Today, GSI comprises 12 companies, representing approximately 50% of the global salmon production industry, that are fully committed to realizing a shared goal of providing a highly sustainable source of healthy food to feed a growing global population, whilst minimizing our environmental footprint, and continuing to improve our social contribution.

GSI member companies are Bakkafrost; Blumar; Cermaq; Compañía Pesquera Camanchaca; Empresas AquaChile; Grieg Seafood ASA; Huon Aquaculture,
Los Fiordos; Marine Harvest; Multiexport Foods; New Zealand King Salmon and Ventisqueros. GSI companies have a presence in Australia, Canada, Chile,
the Faroe Islands, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway and the UK, and make significant contributions to the economies of these respective countries.

In addition, the GSI also has a number of Associate members in both the pharmaceutical and feed industries, including Benchmark Holdings plc; BioMar; Cargill; Elanco; Merck, Sharpe and Dohme (MSD) Animal Health; PHARMAQ; Salmofood and Skretting.

For further information on GSI, please visit or contact us at:
·         Website – www.globalsalmoninitiative.org
·         Email GSI Secretariat – GSI@axon-com.com
·         Twitter – @GSI_Salmon


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16/03/2017: Van Aarsen and Wenger announce collaboration in the Aquatic feed market

Van Aarsen and Wenger have developed a collaboration framework for the realisation of feed mills in the aquatic feed market.
http://www.aarsen.com/van-aarsen-wenger-announce-collaboration-aquatic-feed-market/

Wenger is a world leading producer and supplier of extrusion process systems for the Aqua feed, Pet food and Human food industry and famous for their innovation and quality

Van Aarsen have built-up a broad knowledge and wide experience in every area of the compound feed technology industry and have developed into one of the world’s leading companies in feed process technology.

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