Tuesday, January 23, 2018

24/01/2018: Government of Canada invests $20 million to Asian carp prevention in the Great Lakes

The Government of Canada is committed to preserving our freshwater resources and protecting the Great Lakes from the threat of invasive species

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On behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Karina Gould, Minister for Democratic Institutions and Member of Parliament for Burlington, announced today a significant investment to protect the Canadian Great Lakes from Asian carps.

The Government is investing up to $20 million over five years, and ongoing, to Canada's Asian Carp Program to continue prevention efforts through early warning surveillance, partnering and outreach activities. This funding will allow Fisheries and Oceans Canada to expand the Asian Carp Program to increase protection of our Great Lakes and preserve our fisheries.

Asian carps are among the top aquatic invasive species being monitored for their potential establishment in the Great Lakes. Already established in the Mississippi River basin in the United States, the four species of Asian carps (Bighead, Silver, Grass and Black) aggressively compete with native fishes for food and habitat, and have quickly become the dominant species. Risk assessments conducted by Canada and the US show that the Great Lakes contains enough food and adequate habitat for Bighead, Silver and Grass carps to support an invasion and establishment.

The Government will continue to work closely with provincial and US counterparts to support prevention and control activities, provide scientific support and expertise designed to prevent the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species.

Visit the Fisheries and Oceans Canada website, HERE.

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24/01/2018: Cargill and Gastromotiva to drive social and economic impact through the power of food

Organisations team up to take the Social Gastronomy Movement global 

Through a joint venture between Cargill and Brazilian non-profit Gastromotiva and Cargill are teaming up to globalise the Social Gastronomy Movement, which uses the power of food to address social inequality, improve nutrition education, eliminate food waste and create jobs. Cargill has signed on as a founding partner, which includes a three-year, $1.5 million commitment to scale the community-based approach to tackle these urgent societal challenges across the globe.

Gastromotiva helped to pioneer the Social Gastronomy Movement, with chefs driving the effort in local communities. Strong public and private partnerships are vital to translate that impact on a global scale.

“This partnership brings together two organisations focused on driving social and economic change through food,” said David MacLennan, Cargill Chairman and CEO. “By combining Gastromotiva’s community focus with Cargill’s global footprint and experience, we can scale the Social Gastronomy Movement to have a positive impact on nourishing individuals around the world.”

Connecting the world through food, education
Chef David Hertz founded Gastromotiva to create opportunities for those living on the margins of society, while also working to reduce food waste. Currently, they provide vocational kitchen training, entrepreneurial classes and nutrition education in communities across Brazil, El Salvador, South Africa and Mexico. The organisation’s impact is on full display at Refettorio Gastromotiva, a community kitchen in Rio de Janeiro that serves as both a school and a restaurant. There, students receive free vocational training and help prepare delicious, healthy meals made from food surplus that would otherwise go to waste. The meals are served restaurant-style to people in need, in a space that encourages dialogue and companionship.

“Cargill and Gastromotiva are joining forces to make something much bigger than ourselves—to accelerate a movement that will reach the masses," said David Hertz. "By training people to work as chefs, feeding those in need and using food that would have otherwise gone to waste, we generate opportunities, lift up those who are struggling and empower the world through service.”

Cargill’s three-year partnership, announced this week at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, was forged to take this model to scale. The partners will focus on launching an online platform and establishing new Social Gastronomy hubs in communities around the world.

“Food is the great connector—and the Social Gastronomy Movement can serve as an equaliser—restoring dignity and respect for anyone in need of a meal or in need of a job,” said Devry Boughner Vorwerk, Cargill corporate vice president. She noted that the partnership aims to address the same challenges underpinning the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

“Through hands-on education and training, Social Gastronomy helps the world address some of our greatest challenges, from hunger to unemployment and economic disparity to food waste.” “In a fractured world, Social Gastronomy can bring us all together, to a shared table. It can build the bridge between grass root solutions, policy makers and business leaders. This fast-changing world requires joint actions and solutions more than ever,” said Nicola Gryczka, CEO of Gastromotiva.

To learn more, HERE.

Visit the Social Gastronomy website, HERE

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Inteqnion Solutions company profile

Inteqnion is specialised in the design, build and installation of control systems for the batch and continuous controlled process industry. With their control solutions, Inteqnion focus on the improvement and optimisation of your production process.

You can find Inteqnion Process Control Systems in different segments within the feed, flour and bulk industry. For each segment, Inteqnion modifies the Process Control Systems for the specific requirements in the particular market.

Why choose Inteqnion?
“When you cooperate with Inteqnion you choose for quality and reliability. You benefit from our knowledge and experience our passion. Inteqnion is a no-nonsense organisation with more than 30 professionals who have years of experience in the process industry”
– Interqnion Solutions

Visit the Inteqnion website, HERE.

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Monday, January 22, 2018

23/01/2018: F3 Team hosts fish oil challenge webinars

The F3 (Future of Fish Feed) Team invites companies interested in the Fish Oil Challenge to join one of two upcoming informational webinars to discuss the contest rules, including a new change to the product criteria, how to participate as a company or team, and to answer any questions related to the contest.

Webinar 1:
Thursday, January 25 at 4 PM PST (12 m GMT on Jan. 26) (recommended for Eastern Asia, Oceania, Western North America)

Webinar 2: Friday, January 26 at 5 AM PST (1pm GMT) (recommended for Europe, Africa, Middle East, Western Asia, South America, Eastern North America)

Participants are invited to submit questions in advance through the Contact form on the Challenge website or by emailing f3fishfreefeed@gmail.com.

These questions will be given highest priority during the call. Advance registration for the webinars is highly recommended. Both webinars will be conducted in English.

To register for the webinar, click HERE.

About the F3 Fish Oil Challenge
The goal of the F3 Fish Oil Challenge is to accelerate the availability of cost-competitive, viable alternatives to fish oil that provide the essential nutritional components for fish and at the same time help reduce demand for wild-caught fish for fish feed and enhance food security. A cash prize of $100,000+ will be awarded to the company or team that makes and sells the greatest amount of DHA + EPA + ARA as calculated from their sales of fish-free “fish oil” to fish farmers or fish-feed makers during the challenge. Registration for the contest closes on April 30, 2018.

For more information visit the F3 Fish Oil Challenge website, HERE.

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23/01/2018: Diamond V's Asia team: expanded capability in 2018

Diamond V’s Asia team is expanding to add greater technical capabilities for 2018. New team members who joined in 2017 bring deep technical and marketing expertise to support customer growth across animal health, feed, and food sectors.

With meat consumption in Asia rising and projected to continue to grow, the Diamond V Asia team looks forward to providing effective solutions for the feed and animal industries.

“I’m proud of the customer support and growth achieved by our team over the past year and am excited about the opportunities ahead with our immune support technology,” says JC Filippi, Managing Director – Asia for Diamond V, based in Bangkok, Thailand. “With a full range of animal health and technical service experts, our team is ideally positioned to provide world class service to the animal industry in Asia and address key industry challenges, including the need to improve pre-harvest food safety and support antibiotic stewardship."

New Team Members

Serge Cornellie, Ph.D. 
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Serge Cornellie, Ph.D.
Senior Consultant - Technical and Business Development, Asia
Dr. Serge Cornellie oversees Diamond V business in Japan and South Korea while leading the team’s growth initiatives and providing technical support for aquaculture in Asia. Dr. Cornellie earned his doctorate in Fish Nutrition from the University of Leuven in Belgium, and has over 30 years of experience in aquaculture research and business development in Asia. He is based in Tokyo, Japan.

Visiel Tolentino
Senior Consultant - Strategic Marketing, Asia
In her role, Visiel Tolentino promotes Diamond V’s brand in the region and helps create awareness for the company’s technologies supporting non-antibiotic solutions and food safety, including for foodborne pathogen risk control. She brings to the position 18 years of experience in the animal and feed additive industry. Mrs. Tolentino is based in Manila, Philippines. 

Kwan Yuk Kwaun, D.V.M. 
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Kwan Yuk Kwaun, D.V.M. 
Senior Consultant - Technical Services, Asia 
Dr. Kwan Yuk Kwaun supports Diamond V business development initiatives in Asia and provides technical assistance to animal producers, veterinarians and nutritionists. Dr. Kwan earned her veterinary degree from Universiti Putra Malaysia before joining the animal and feed industry, holding various technical and leadership roles. She is based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and brings more than 25 years of professional experience to her position with Diamond V. 

Marilyn Sim
Senior Consultant - Business Development, Asia
Marilyn Sim focuses on Malaysia, Indonesia, and Taiwan. Her in-depth knowledge of the animal and feed industries and extensive business network help to drive Diamond V growth in these markets. Prior to joining Diamond V, Mrs. Sim worked as head of animal nutrition for a large feed additive distribution company. She is based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Utumporn Innoi
Key Account Manager
Utumporn Innoi provides both technical and marketing support to key accounts in the region. Ms. Innoi earned her Bachelors in Veterinary Medicine from Chulalongkorn University before joining the animal industry where she has worked in various sales and technical roles since 2008. She is based in Bangkok, Thailand.

To see other members of Diamond V's Asia Team, click HERE

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23/01/2018: ASC’s Seriola programme gains industry footing

Kurose Suisan and Global Ocean Works are first farms certified to Seriola standard

The Japanese farms Kurose Suisan and Global Ocean Works have become the first Seriola producers in the world to earn certifications under the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) Seriola and Cobia Standard for responsible aquaculture.

The Standard, which establishes strict environmental and social requirements for farmed fish, is quickly gaining traction within the industry.

Kurose Suisan achieved its certification on 16th December last year after an independent assessment, following the ASC multi-site approach, of three sites – Kushima, Uchinoura and Nobeoka Farms – by third-party conformity assessment body (CAB) SCS Global Services.Global Ocean Works’ certification was announced one week later on 22nd December, following an audit of the Fukuyama Fish Farm by Amita, the local independent CAB.

“It is with great pleasure that we welcome Kurose Suisan and Global Ocean Works to the growing family of ASC certified farms. I would like to offer my personal congratulations to all those involved in becoming the first Seriola producers to achieve the ASC standard,” said Chris Ninnes, CEO of ASC.”

Koji Yamamoto, ASC’s General Manager for Japan said, "This is a significant milestone for the ASC. Domestic production of Seriola in Japan is a large proportion of the global total. It is the most farmed finfish species in Japan, and is an integral and historical part of many coastal communities. The arrival of certified Seriola products into the market is a highly anticipated and a significant addition to the ASC line of products from domestic aquaculture. I sincerely wish that this achievement will contribute positively to the future of these coastal communities and that through the market recognition for ASC labelled product this is reinforced. It is pleasing that this market interest is encouraging other Seriola farms to follow their example.”

“WWF Japan would like to express our sincere respect and congratulations to Kurose Suisan and Global Ocean Works for their achievement on ASC certification,” said Aiko Yamauchi, the leader of Ocean and Seafood Group of WWF Japan. “WWF Japan fully understands that producer improvements based on ASC certification were challenging and represent an outstanding accomplishment. We expect this new ASC certified yellowtail will encourage the Japanese market and consumers to support responsible aquaculture broadly.”

“We are excited to be performing conformance assessments under this rigorous new standard” said Jason Swecker, SCS Global Services’ Manager of Sales and Marketing for MSC and ASC Certifications. “We are happy to be part of a process that is propelling the way for responsible Seriola aquaculture practices within the industry.”

Kurose Suisan, operated by the Nissui Group network, has been producing Seriola since 2004 under the brand, Kurose Yellowtail, from its farms sites located in Kushima, in the Miyazaki prefecture in the south of Japan. Global Oceans Works, based in Tarumizu City, Kagoshima Prefecture Japan, was established in 2009 with a focus on processing and sale of ‘hamachi' yellow tail.

A standard for responsibly farmed Seriola

The ASC Seriola and Cobia Standard, launched just over a year ago, addresses the key negative environmental and social impacts associated with Seriola aquaculture. The standard sets measurable, performance-based requirements that farms must meet to be certified, including preservation of local habitats and biodiversity, minimising fish escapes, conservation of water and water quality, minimal use of therapeutics and antibiotics, and responsible sourcing of feed ingredients, including strict limits on the use of wild fish as an ingredient and full traceability back to a responsibly managed source.

The Seriola standard also has a rigorous set of social requirements based on the core principles of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), including prohibiting the use of child labour or any form of forced labour. All certified farms are safe and equitable working environments where employees earn a decent wage and have regulated working hours.

For more information on the ASC visit the website, HERE

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Liptosa company profile

LípidosToledo SA began in 1996 as a family business and under the guidance of a group of professionals with extensive experience in the Animal Nutrition field. 

From the outset, the company's mission has been to provide its clients with personalised service and efficient, natural products that are able to meet the demands of the sector.

In 2000 Lípidos Toledo SA moved its facilities, building a modern manufacturing plant in Talavera de la Reina (Toledo, Spain). In 2012 it acquired a new industrial warehouse in the vicinity of the main facilities where the manufacturing of the powder additives takes place and a third storage warehouse.

With these new facilities Lípidos Toledo SA is able to have separate manufacturing lines for the different products they manufacture, avoiding the risk of cross contamination.

Furthermore, the new facilities enable the company to manufacture products with fishmeal derivatives, allowing the company further expansion, mainly in the aquaculture range.

The facilities allow the manufacture of nutritional products, liquid and powder based phytobiotic additives, nutraceutical products and nutritional and specialty products without any risk of the products becoming cross contaminated.

In 2010, Lípidos Toledo SA acquired a large office space at C/ San Romualdo 12-14 in Madrid, Spain where all logistics work is carried out. This enables Lípidos Toledo SA to fulfil its objective of manufacturing products of the highest quality and providing its clients the best service.

Visit the Liptoaqua website, HERE.

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22/01/2018: Biorigin sponsors aqua event in Italy

Biorigin will be the sponsor and exhibit in the second edition of Aquafarm, an international conference and exhibition focused on technologies, products, and best practices for sustainable fish production, to be held on 15th and 16th February 2018 at the Pordenone Exhibition Centere, Italy.

During the event, Biorigin will be at the booth #5.25 and will show natural solutions for fish health, such as MacroGard, a beta 1.3/1.6 glucan product that balances natural defences, providing a more efficient protection against viral, bacterial, and parasitic challenges, resulting in higher resistance and better performance.

ActiveMOS, containing mannan oligosaccharides, contributes to the maintenance of the intestinal integrity of fish, particularly during growing stages and challenging situations, preventing the penetration of pathogens and favouring nutrient absorption, will also be one of the highlights of Biorigin’s stand at the fair.

On February 16th at 3:30pm, Baldassare Fronte of the University of Pisa, Simona Rimoldi and Genciana Terova of the Università degli Studi dell'Insubria, will present the results of experiments with HiCell, an autolysed yeast, tested as an alternative nutritional source to fish meal, and derivatives, and its effects on performance and intestinal morphology of fish.

For further information on the event, click HERE.

On Biorigin
Biorigin is a Brazilian company established in 2003 that applies knowledge and technology to develop innovative solutions in 100 percent natural ingredients, based on biotechnological processes, for animal health and welfare. Our portfolio includes 100 percent safe products, ensured by the total traceability of its production process, and quality guaranteed by the certifications FSSC 22000, ISO 9001, ISO 22000, Kosher, and Halal.

For further information on Biorigin and its products, click HERE.

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

22/01/2018: Aquaculture on Volta Lake gets boost, Ghana

According to a recent ModernGhana press release, zonation of the Volta Lake in Ghana has been carried out to help streamline fish farming activities on the Lake and to ensure orderly and sustainable aquaculture development in the country

The zonation was also to help establish the best possible areas for aquaculture production on the lake, as well as to determine the maximum fish production from aquaculture that could be sustained without adverse environmental degradation.

Volta River - Sogakope, Ghana
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A dissemination workshop has therefore been held in Accra by the Fisheries Commission in collaboration with the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development to discuss the findings on the zonation of the Volta Lake with major stakeholders managing the lake.

Officials from the Water Resources Commission, Water Research Institute (WRI) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the Volta River Authority, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Volta Lake Transport, Ghana Maritime Authority and the Ghana Meteorological Agency, participated in the day's workshop that was held in Accra.

The findings of the zonation, which was carried out by researchers at the CSIR-WRI revealed that cage fish culture on the Volta Lake has a potential of becoming a viable industry in Ghana, and that indications also suggested that fishing activity would spread over the lake.

The findings, therefore recommended that efforts at zoning the Lake to contain activities was critical. The Lake runs from the northern part of the country through Yeji in the Brong Ahafo Region, to the Eastern and Volta Regions respectively.

Mr Francis Kingsley Ato Cudjoe, Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, said the zonation programme fell under the West Africa Regional Fisheries Project being implemented by the Ministry and its sectorial partners to boost the fishing industry.

He said despite the huge size of the Volta Lake, not every portion of it was conducive for aquaculture, which had been a pivot of the Government's focus of turning the fishery sector around.

He said the zonation of the Lake would therefore, drastically reduce the time and cost investors would use in determining the best places to site their fish farms, which was the main source site for aquaculture production.

'Therefore, copies of maps of best areas for aquaculture on the lake as determined by the zonation will be sent to all Government agencies regulating aquaculture on the lake as well as regional and zonal offices of the Fisheries Commission. This will help the agencies to guide potential investors on areas to site their farms.

Mr Cudjoe said the zonation would help reserve the high priority areas for aquaculture on the lake for investment so as to reduce conflicts and tensions with other users of the Lake. He said among others, the zonation would provide the necessary information for the Government to open up the high priority areas for aquaculture by providing the necessary infrastructure like electricity, road networks and portable water where applicable, to support aquaculture in those areas.

He appealed to the agencies with the mandate for aquaculture development to collaborate actively in harmonising and even discarding some of the existing procedures and processes that delay permitting processes.

Dr Ruby Asmah, Senior Research Scientist of WRI-CSIR, lead researcher, said study on the zonation was started in 2015 and factored on the environmental, economic and socio aspects, all geared towards making the aquaculture production benefit all communities and farmers along the Lake.

She said the Lake from Akosombo, spanning through Yeji was studied to, know how the farmers were operating, how much fishes they were producing per year, how much feed were being put in the Lake, without affecting other users, and how much fish could be produced in all.

Dr Asmah said the Fisheries Commission needed to run with the findings, design and implement policies based on the findings to improve fish production and to save the country from importing more than 50 percent of its fish stock and save some foreign exchange.

Visit the Ghanaian Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development website, HERE.

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Biorigin company profile

Biorigin is a Brazilian company which mobilises knowledge and technology to promote health and quality of life. Using biotechnological processes, it produces natural ingredients for flavor enhancement, sodium reduction, shelf life extension in food market; and nutritional enrichment of feeds and substitutes for antibiotics.

It is a business unit of Zilor, a company with more than 65 years of experience and one of the largest Brazilian producers of ethanol, sugar and electricity from sugar cane.

Biorigin was founded in 2003, and in 2008 acquired the companies PTX Food Corp in The United States and Immunocorp and Animal Health, in Norway, expanding and strengthening its international presence.

Visit the website HERE.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

19/01/2018: Global workshop on nutrition-sensitive fish agri-food systems

From the 5th - 8th December 2017, the Global workshop on nutrition-sensitive fish agri-food systems was held in Siem Reap, Cambodia. 

Through the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the world has committed to ending all forms of malnutrition. Reorienting food systems across all actors and levels, towards improving nutrition outcomes (nutrition-sensitive food systems) is central to achieving this goal, as was recognised in the second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) Framework for Action and further strengthened by the declaration of the United Nations Decade of Action on Nutrition 2016-2025.

The CGIAR has also committed to improvements in food and nutrition security with specific targets for increasing dietary diversity of women and reducing micronutrient deficiencies up to 2030. Fish is uniquely placed to contribute to this goal, yet has received inadequate attention in debates on nutrition-sensitive food systems.

In the video below, Dr Hamady Diop, Head of Natural Resources Governance Food Security and Nutrition, NEPAD (New Partnership for Africa’s Development) Agency speaks to the importance of fish as a tool for development in Africa.

A wide range of youtube videos relating to the global workshop on nutrition-sensitive fish agri-food systems is available on the World Fish youtube channel, HERE.

Visit the global workshop on nutrition-sensitive fish agri-food systems website, HERE.

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19/01/2018: Opportunities are within industry’s grasp but uncertainty grows, says NOAH’s second Brexit Barometer

Lack of Government progress contributes to increasing uncertainty surrounding the Post-Brexit future of the animal medicines industry 

NOAH’s second Brexit Barometer report has revealed that animal medicines businesses are becoming increasingly concerned about the future of the industry post-Brexit. Increasing levels of complexity and a lack of Government progress overall were found to bekey contributors to the rising concerns.


However, the findings revealed that despite an increase in levels of uncertainty compared to the previous Brexit Barometer in May 2017, the industry is by no means losing hope. NOAH’s Brexit Conference, held in November 2017, where the sentiment survey in the second Barometer was undertaken, revealed many areas of convergence and ways in which organisations and stakeholders across the sector are already working together to achieve a successful Brexit.

The changing sentiment was tracked across the same six lenses: animal health and welfare, public health and food production, trade and investment, R&D and innovation, bringing new products to market and post-licensing controls for the overall market. Key findings include:

- Public health and food production remains the most optimistic of the six areas overall with over a third (38%) feeling ‘optimistic’ or ‘very optimistic’
- More than a third (39%) now feel ‘optimistic’ or ‘very optimistic’ in comparison to 30 percent previously with regard to bringing a product to market
- Trade and exports continue to be a cause for concern with almost a quarter of respondents (23%) now feeling ‘very pessimistic’ in comparison to zero percent who previously felt this negative.

NOAH also gathered feedback from delegates on the level of progress the industry feels is being made by Government against each of the topics, which revealed an increasingly negative sentiment. 84 percent considered that Government is not progressing well with negotiations overall with additional key findings as below:

- 85 percent considered that in terms of bringing a product to market negotiations are not progressing well or even progressing at all
- A close second in terms of limited progress was the trade and exports topic with only 20 percent reporting that progress is going well or reasonably well
- The topic of animal health and welfare in the UK elicited the most positive response with almost half (45%) believing it is progressing reasonably well or well.

NOAH Chief Executive Dawn Howard commented, “Our second Brexit Barometer report paints a picture of growing uncertainty, which we as an industry need to address. Whilst Government progress is a major contributor to the rising concerns, we cannot be complacent and simply wait for action from Government. Following our November conference, we undertook additional research with our members that revealed what the current landscape means to their customers and what they should do in response. The overriding sentiment as we enter the ‘post-divorce’ stage is that avoiding a ‘hard Brexit’ would present us with opportunities that we can capitalise upon and an optimistic undertone came through. We all recognise that there are steps that as an industry we can take and it is very reassuring to see convergence across our member organisations already taking shape. “Recognising key areas of concern is of paramount importance so that we are ready to take action to achieve success within these areas. Safeguarding a skilled workforce, championing the UK jobs market and looking ahead to what may be in store with regard to regulatory changes and licensing frameworks are all possible even at this early stage. We will continue to work closely with our members and stakeholders to ensure that we make Brexit as successful as we possibly can for the animal medicines industry.”

The next Brexit Barometer will be launched in summer 2018.

For more information visit the NOAH website, HERE.

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19/01/2018: Registration opens for AFIA’s feed industry institute

The American Feed Industry Association has opened registration for its biennial Feed Industry Institute (FII), happening June 11-14 in St. Louis, Missouri

The conference, which has been held every other year since merging with the National Feed Ingredients Association in 1992, brings together roughly 125 individuals in the industry to learn the basics of the animal food manufacturing process – from the types of foods used to the animals served to federal policies that shape the output of the industry.

“The Feed Industry Institute is ideal for people who are new to the livestock feed or pet food industry, as it provides a good overview of animal health and nutrition,” said Paul Davis, Ph.D., AFIA’s director of quality, animal food safety and education. “Throughout the four-day educational program, industry experts share practical information and best practices for attendees. Our goal is that attendees not only understand how to manufacture high-quality animal food, but why doing so is so essential for animal productivity and well-being.”

The 2018 FII will include an overview of the US feed industry, animal physiology and nutrition basics, information on the types of ingredients used in animal food and why, the role of medications and other additives in animal food, and various processing techniques. It will also look at agriculture’s role in building consumer trust, the role of international trade and provide an overview of state and federal regulations.

The full agenda can be found on the event’s website, HERE

In addition to the educational program, there will be a reception on Monday, June 11, and a networking outing to a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game on Wednesday, June 13. The baseball outing is an additional $50 and includes a ticket to the game and $25 worth of “Cardinal bucks” to be used for food and drinks in the stadium. 

AFIA encourages people to register between now and March 30 to receive the discounted rate of $650 for AFIA members and $800 for non-members. The AFIA member rate includes a $100 discount for registering online. Fees will increase April 1.

For more information about FII and to register, visit the event’s website, HERE or contact Connie Samuels, AFIA’s manager of meetings and events, at (703) 558-3573.

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FAMSUN company profile

Muyang Co, Ltd recently announced changing its brand name from Muyang to FAMSUN starting May 2014. This move is prompted by the idea of better illustrating the company’s business and the farm-to-table industry chain it serves. It is consistent with Muyang’s global strategy and its aim of becoming an integrated solution provider in the agro-industry.

FAMSUN originates from “famous, farm, family, sun and union”; it implies Muyang Co, Ltd’s development concept and vision, which is to build a green and healthy supply chain from farm to table together with its customers and to convert traditional agriculture into a modern, profitable and sustainable business with its integrated solutions in feed manufacturing, grain milling, grain handling and storage, food processing, as well as industrial automation.

The creative design of the FAMSUN logo features a beveled letter “F”, a curvy letter “A”, a stretching letter “S” and a friendly letter “U”. It will be the only signage representing Muyang’s business, products, service and solutions. Meanwhile, the company will continue to operate in its current structure, provide follow-up service based on relevant agreement, and its business contacts will remain unchanged. 

Visit the website HERE.

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18/01/2018: Benchmark solution allows salmon farmers to delouse without affecting the environment

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Caption - "Salmon farms - Salmon farms somewhere on Eysteroy"
CleanTreat cleanses the treatment water after delousing in well boats, and the water is clean before it is released back into the fjords. The solution allows salmon farmers to use medical treatments against sea lice without affecting the environment. 

Malcom Pye, CEO of Benchmark commented, "Chemical based bath treatments that are released into the fjords is one of the biggest objections to the salmon farming industry. CleanTreat solves this environmental challenge. 

The solution can be applied during delousing on regular well boats. 

Prevents resistant sea live
 Mr Pye continued, "CleanTreat is a purification unit that removes all medical components from the water before it is released back into the sea. It also prevents all removed live from returning to the sea, so that they will not spread resistance to the treatments."

 The solution will continuously be developed further together with the industry. The next step is scalable trials in partnership with Norwegian salmon farming companies. CleanTreat can be used with most licensed bath treatments. 

A tool box with sea lice solutions
 The aquaculture industry needs various solutions to be able to keep low levels of sea lice. 

Mr Pye explained, "The future lies in the preventative methods against sea lice, and Benchmark is currently developing such solutions. However, CleanTreat makes is possible to use medical treatments without affecting the environment in situations where is necessary, and until we have developed sufficient preventative methods."

A holistic approach to the challenge 
 Benchmark first started working with the aquaculture industry in 2004 through Fish Vet Group. Salmobreed, Stofnfiskur and INVE are also part of the Benchmark group. The aim is to find sustainable solutions to the industry's challenges.

Malcom Pye stated, "We have great faith in aquaculture as an important and efficient source for food in the decades to come. We are tackling the industry's challenges from many angles, such as breeding and genetics, fish health, advanced nutrition and knowledge services. That gives us the opportunity to find holistic solutions. 

He is optimistic regarding the industry's future, saying, "Aquaculture is a young industry. In our work with the agriculture sector we have also seen challenges that looked impossible at first glance. However, there are always solutions. It is only a question of time before we find them."

Read more here.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

18/01/2018: Offshore Mariculture Conference Asia 2018, final call for papers

There are just two days left to submit an abstract Abstracts using case and “real life” studies will be given precedence. Submit your abstract by 19th January 2018 at the latest.

Companies, organisations and individuals are invited to put forward papers in the following categories:
• Moving from inefficient “nearshore” production approaches to higher energy offshore/industrial approaches – success stories
• Zoning, licensing and security for offshore operations – service providers and linkages to regional and national governments
• Development of large scale hatcheries for production of large quantities of high quality fingerlings, including breeding advances and technology
• Netting the right offshore technology – cages, netting, monitoring systems
• Maximising the efficiency of your operation – need for high quality feeds and targeted nutrition
• Securing financial support for offshore ventures and joint venture approaches – investment case studies
• Marketing – identifying/targeting species and markets before production including requirements for standards and certifications

Abstracts using case and “real life” studies will be given precedence

Why speak at OMC Asia?
• An unprecedented platform for you to meet the next generation of medium/large scale aquaculture stakeholders in South East Asia
• Two daily coffee breaks and a lunch break provide a relaxed atmosphere to network outside the conference room
• Opportunity to take part in the technical visit to a fish farm where you can put your learning into practice

Submit an abstract to: jgwynn@mercatormedia.com

The 8th Offshore Mariculture Conference will be held in association with the US Soybean Export Council, USSEC, in Singapore, from May 15 - 17, 2018.

The conference will consist of 2 days of technical presentations and panel discussions from high level experienced operators in the sector. The event concludes with a technical visit to an operating farm, providing delegates with an insight into their inner workings.

Please call +44 1329 825 335 or email conferences@offshoremariculture.com to contact the Events team.

For more information visit the Offshore Mariculture Conference Asia website, HERE.

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18/01/2018: Sustainable processing in the era of digital flows

Bühler Aeroglide, a global leader in thermal process engineering and technology for food, feed, and industrial materials, has introduced a new customer-partnership approach that uses big data flows to reach unprecedented levels of processing efficiency

The company’s new Digital Service Group is turning IIoT connectivity into true business value, giving operators and managers the ability to make decisions with confidence.

“Bühler’s Digital Services Group brings another dimension to our partnerships with customers,” said Paul McKeithan, Head of Digital Services. “We’re going one step further, after engineering a pilot process, scaling it for mass production, and manufacturing and commissioning a technology solution. Access to data analytics from full time, real-time process monitoring means we can help customers make better decisions. We can help them act on information quickly and effectively, in ways that impact every aspect of business.”

Bühler now offers a dedicated team, with products and services that are helping customers move toward new avenues of growth. Comprised of hardware, software, cloud-based storage and ongoing process expertise, based on algorithms from decades of thermal processing experience, customers can achieve and sustain the most efficient drying operations ever.

“In today’s competitive marketplace, with economic and environmental conditions constantly changing, sustainable processing is aimed at meeting present needs without compromising future viability,” said Mr McKeithan. “It’s not just our corporate responsibility, sustainability directly relates to efficiency, minimising waste, finding cost-savings and new profitability. Our Digital Services Group gives customers the integrated operational connectivity they need to ensure business success.”

Digital services and the industrial internet of things (IIoT) are rapidly transforming processing operations with intuitive and intelligent analytical capabilities. In an increasingly connected digital world, seamless monitoring of end-to-end processing ensures consistency in product, efficient energy use and safe food production.

With data analytics that track and measure operational success, customers can make real time business decisions that impact the bottom line. Required changes can be immediate, saving valuable time needed for manual testing, while increasing a dryer’s yield. Even the smallest percentage gain can increase profitability.

A real-time management that achieves a net increase of just one percent in finished moisture can result in a return-on-investment increase of $300,000. This translates into an energy savings valued at $20,000 per year. Bühler Aeroglide’s total IIoT solution consists of intuitive analytics that enable the highest processing efficiencies, with products that answer real-time customer needs. For reliable moisture control, continuously monitoring and controlling moisture content of a product exiting the dryer means adjustments can be made immediately when needed.

For food safety, process monitoring with sensor-based technology gives users access to real-time log reduction data based on parameter sensors that send information to a program modelled to a particular process. Should a process change occur, the user is alerted so that the process can be stopped or diverted. For segments of the food and feed industries that rely on drying or roasting equipment for a kill step, this is a valuable solution for food safety validation.

Bühler’s Digital Services Group knows the power of data analytics. When customers are connected to processing expertise, viewed in real time via computer, phone, tablet or other web-connected devices, with cloud-based storage and custom dashboards providing the most critical data, they gain information they can use. The results can be transformative for business operations and the bottom line.

Visit the Bühler website, HERE.

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18/01/2018: İmaş Machinery establishes the first R&D centre of its sector

The application of İmaş Machinery to Ministry of Science, Industry, and Technology for a R&D centre has been approved, the company has now signed the first R&D centre of its sector. 

İmaş Machinery, an affiliate of İttifak Holding, has received 21 designs and patents within the scope of recent R&D works. Accelerating its activities in this field, the company has become the first company to have an R&D centre in machinery installation industry by establishing its R&D centre in order to amplify itself in the sector.

İmaş Machinery General Manager, Mustafa Özdemir
Image credit: İmaş Machinery

İmaş Machinery has signed the sixth R&D centre of Konya with this move. Operating in the machinery installation sector and producing milling plants and milling machinery, band sawbucks used in metal cutting, steel construction for feed plants and feed machinery. İmaş Machinery carries out activities such as research and development, product designing, product development, diagram designing, system designing, software, and automation.

Stating that they export 90 percent of production to almost 90 countries, Mustafa Özdemir, the General Manager of İmaş Machinery, said that they believe performing beneficial works for the country will only be possible through added-value products or services, and this will only be achieved through innovation, and that they have been focusing on R&D activities within this scope.

Mr Özdemir added, “Our company was represented among the top 250 companies according to ‘Companies Making the Most Expenses for R&D Research’ by Turkishtime Magazine. Our company ranked the 173rd in general, it was the only company in the list from Konya. We are aiming to perform our R&D expenses at the level of 1.5 million TRY at the end of this year. These investments affected the development of our product quality in a short time. We were able to develop products with higher energy efficiency while reducing our production cost, and this was positively reflected in our exports. We are working with a team consisting of 21 people in our R&D department. With this centre, we aim to contribute to a creation of a highly efficient and competitive economic environment while producing high added-value products.”

İmaş Machinery
Konya-based İmaş Machinery, which was established in 1989 under the umbrella of İttifak Holding, established milling machinery and turn-key milling systems with its Milleral brand, feed machinery and turnkey feed plants with its Viteral brand. The Company constructs industrial buildings mainly by performing steel construction production with its Steral brand while producing various sawbuck models with its Cuteral brand.

Visit the İmaş Machinery website, HERE.

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Biomin company profile

BIOMIN are dedicated to finding innovative, trend-setting solutions that empower their customers to master existing and future challenges in animal nutrition– the natural way. The application of their scientific know-how and expertise, based on an in-depth understanding of their customer’s needs and concerns, enables them to deliver solutions that support animal health, optimise performance and production efficiency.

Research and development is one of the cornerstones of BIOMIN. Their strong in-house research and development, and global cooperation with leading institutions and organisations form the basis by which innovative solutions are developed for their customers.

Through joint projects with renowned universities and research institutes, BIOMIN is constantly in touch with the latest scientific know-how, from which novel feed additives are developed and produced. Their global network of collaborating institutions has grown to over 100.

One of the cornerstones of BIOMIN’s success is the ongoing improvement of their inhouse quality standards. In 1997, BIOMIN introduced the international ISO 9001 standard. The HACCP system, introduced subsequently at BIOMIN’s production sites, provides the quality assurance our customers seek from them. In addition, the feed quality standards QS and GMP+ guarantee the utmost degree of control and quality for their products – from raw material inputs right through to the final product.

Concerns over climate change and the role of greenhouse gases continue to rise. In September 2011, BIOMIN was internationally recognised through the award of ISO 14040 ‘Life Cycle Assessment’ certification. By optimising feed use and improving animal performance, it is possible to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from livestock operations.
Through innovative production technologies and advanced, scientific know-how, BIOMIN has pioneered several trend-setting solutions for a range of animal nutrition products, all of which utilise fully natural processes and ingredients.

An in-depth understanding of what the customer’s needs and concerns are has enabled BIOMIN to create and deliver solutions in-line with performance and efficiency goals.

Visit the BIOMIN website, HERE.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

17/01/2018: Asian-Pacific Aquaculture 2018 - Aquaculture innovation, sustainability and food safety

Taipei International Convention Centre, Taipei, Taiwan April 24-26, 2018

Plenary Speakers and WAS-APC Awards at APA18

The Board of WAS-APC wish all a Happy New Year 2018, and thank all our partners and supporters for their continuous support and fruitful cooperation to make the Annual Conference and Exposition of Asian-Pacific Aquaculture a success. WAS-APC together with NTOU is organising the #APA18 Asian Pacific Aquaculture 2018.

The International event will be hosted at the Taipei International Convention Center (TICC) from April 23 to 26, 2018 (Taiwan). 

Dr Ching Fong Chang
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Ching Fong Chang
The first plenary speaker will be Dr Ching Fong Chang, President of NTOU and co-chair of APA18. His presentation will be the opportunity to introduce the conference theme “Aquaculture innovation, sustainability and food safety” to all APA18 participants.

Ching-Fong Chang is a distinguished Professor and the President of the National Taiwan Ocean University (NTOU). Under the leadership of the former presidents and through all the faculty and staff members’ efforts, National Taiwan Ocean University strives to be one of the most outstanding universities of Ocean Studies both in Taiwan and in the world. The University has transformed herself into a comprehensive university and is recognised in teaching, research and social services. It was awarded as one of the World Top 400 universities by The Times Higher Education (THE) in 2011. 

Dr Wang Qingyin
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Dr Wang Qingyin
The second plenary speaker is Dr Wang Qingyin, President of the China Fisheries Society, and Senior Researcher at the Yellow Sea Fisheries Research Institute, CAFS, China. The title of his presentation is “Green Development--A Rational Approach to Sustainable Aquaculture.”

“It is well known that China has achieved great progress in the field of aquaculture in the past three decades, but many problems or challenges are forcing the industry to search for more scientifically developing approaches for a sustainable development. Dr Wang hopes to take this opportunity to present some new progresses in this aspect.”

Wang Qingyin is the President of the China Fisheries Society, senior researcher and former Director General of Yellow Sea Fisheries Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences (CAFS). He has been working on genetics and breeding of maricultural organisms and maricultural technologies since the early 1980s’, especially on the selective breeding and genetic improvement of new varieties with traits such as faster growth rate and disease resistance in farming shrimps. He has published over 260 peer-reviewed articles and 20 books as chief editor on breeding and mariculture relevant themes. His research achievement “The breeding of ‘Huanghai No. 1’ new variety of shrimp Fenneropenaeus chinensis and healthy farming technology” was awarded as the second class prize of National Science &Technology Invention Award of China in 2007, and over 10 achievements were awarded as province/ministry level science and technology progress award.

We are inviting all international aquaculture experts from industry, academia and governments to participate in this exceptional event. In addition to the conference, APA18 also organise tradeshow with >100 booth. The tradeshow will last for three days from April 24th to April 26th. The conference and exhibition hall is situated in a very convenient area of Taipei, closes to Taipei 101, in the heart of the city and close to many touristic activities. As a kind Reminder, please note the DEADLINE for Submission of Papers for presentations at APA18 is January 31, 2018. Late abstract submission will be approved on a case-to-case basis upon decision of the program and session chairs.

All abstracts should be submitted through the WAS website, HERE.

WAS-APC Awards at #APA18
As every year, WAS-APC is offering Awards for this year’s event in Taipei. The student award structure is in line with the WAS award structure and WAS-APC will continue financing and awarding exceptional women within the field of aquaculture. Note that only members of WAS-APC can benefit from these awards

Register on the WAS Website, HERE.

The three award categories are:

1. Pre-conference Student Travel Awards – Evaluated on Abstract
- Best three abstracts will be awarded $400 USD to support their travel to #APA18

2. Presentation/Poster Awards for Students - Evaluated during the conference
- Best two presentations will be awarded $600 USD & $400 USD
- Best two posters will be awarded $600 USD & $400 USD

3. Travel Award for exceptional Women working within Aquaculture – Evaluated on submission
- $600 USD for 2 women + free registration to APA conference.

For more details on the awards, please contact Dr Felix S., chair of the Awards Committee of WAS-APC, and copy the WAS-APC secretariat apcsec@was.org

Trade Show and Exhibition
Trade shows and exhibitions are an excellent way to promote businesses and products. 99 percent of the booth for #APA18 are booked so we advise you to hurry and contact Mario (mario@marevent.com) to book a booth at the exhibition hall.

Sponsor for the event
APA18 Gold sponsors:
- Sheng Long Bio-Tech International Co., Ltd

WAS premier sponsors:
- Blue Aqua International PTE LTD
- Tyson Food Inc. Corporate ,
- Zeigler Bros. Inc. and

APA18 session sponsors:
- Nutriad
- MSD Animal Health/ Merck
- DaBomb inside
- Kemin

The WAS team look forward to meeting you in Taiwan.

For Conference management contact John Cooksey, Email: worldaqua@was.com
For Booths and Sponsors, contact Mario Stael, Email: mario@marevent.com
WAS-APC office: apcsec@was.org.

Visit the World Aquaculture Society website, HERE

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