Thursday, May 24, 2018

25/05/2018: Stop taking the oceans for granted

The University of Edinburgh’s School of GeoSciences hosted the ninth Monaco Blue Initiative.

Here, International Aquafeed reports a slightly abridged opening presentation by His Serene Highness Prince Albert II, Prince of Monaco. The one-day conference drew 100-plus invited delegates from 15 countries and was held in the University’s Old College ‘Playfair Library’ in the centre of Edinburgh, Scotland.

“The Monaco Blue Initiative aims to help change our approach to the oceans by prioritizing specific, collective operational solutions. In this respect the Initiative was created as a result of an observation, a requirement and an aim.

“There is great complexity of the subjects related to the conservation of our oceans, which require different levels of action, technical expertise and complementary aims.

“We need to act in line with multiple rational taking into account sometimes contradictory requirements, reconciling the needs of man with those of nature as well as current crises and our duties to the future.

“But we need to act swiftly, because the requirement is to progress rapidly in the face of the dangers we face each year becoming increasingly specific and increasingly alarming.

“Whilst there is still time we must do everything we can to avoid irreversible tragedy; tragedies that we can already see looming on the horizon with the deterioration of our precious, fragile eco systems, the spread of plastic pollution, the daily disappearance of different plants and animal species.

“In order to reverse the cycle of this decline, we must adopt a new approach that is respectful.

“We must stop taking the ocean for granted and believing that it is permanent that we can take from it and that we can pour into it anything and everything without consequences.”

Acting together
“Our aim is to bring together the skills and means that are all too often dispersed, to encourage dialogue between experts and to mobile concerted action.

“We must act together otherwise we will not be able to progress in the right direction. Acting alone we will run out of ideas; acting alone we will run out of means; acting alone we will run out of determination and acting alone we would find we would be less efficient.

“We must never forget the multiple demands and their complexity which must be addressed in order to make a real difference. We must never forget the reality of the situation. As David Hume one of Scotland’s finest son once wrote, 'Be a philosopher; but, amidst all your philosophy, be still a man.'

“Indeed, being a man is precisely looking at different aspects of a problem and trying to reconcile them. That is why we need to work altogether.

“Today I would like to extend a welcome to Peter Thompson, the United Nation Special Envoy of the Oceans. Through his work he embodies a collective commitment by the nations of the world to the oceans and their importance to humanity.

“His appointment shows a new awareness by the international community which like him is equipped with remarkable skills and new means.

Read the full article, HERE.

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25/05/2018: Aker BioMarine named Europe’s most innovative company

Aker BioMarine was named the most innovate company after a year-long journey in Europe's biggest and most prestigious business competition, the European Business Awards.

Aker BioMarine was one of 13 winners following a final live judging session, after the competition began last year with over 112,000 businesses from 34 countries initially considered.

“For us, innovation is a high priority and something that requires dedication every day. This prize is a recognition of our employees who are working for constant improvement and innovation in Aker BioMarine,” says Matts Johansen, CEO, Aker BioMarine.

Adrian Tripp, CEO of the European Business Awards says, "Our winners are the gold standard for business excellence. They are also powerful examples of the growth potential for European business in today’s highly competitive global marketplace."

Over 450 successful business leaders from across Europe came together at the two day event with politicians, ambassadors and academics to the European Business Awards that sets out to support the development of a stronger and more successful business community throughout Europe.

In 2017, Aker BioMarine won the award as Norway's most innovative company. In recent years, Aker BioMarine has made significant investments in researching and developing new products.

"Over the past decade, we have been driven by our mission to improve human and planetary health. Innovation and people are the cornerstones of our success; we are explorers who think outside the ordinary while keeping our feet firmly on the ground,” says Mr Johansen.

Through extensive innovation and research projects in cooperation with major educational institutions, Aker BioMarine contributes to the development of skills and value creation in Norway. Eco-Harvesting technology and research on krill in fish feed are examples of this. Research and innovation are the cornerstones of the company, from the development of the company's harvesting and production technology to product development, commercialisation, and marketing.

For further information about the European Business Awards visit the website, HERE.

Visit the Aker Biomarine website, HERE.


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Jefo company profile

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

Jefo is a pioneer in the green revolution taking place in animal nutrition.

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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25/05/2018: The Latin American & Caribbean Aquaculture 2018

LACQUA18 to be held with the VIII Colombian Congress of Aquaculture - VIII CCA in Bogotá, Colombia at the Ágora Convention Centre brings more and more surprises.

Magistral speakers
We are pleased to announce the confirmation of the participation of Drs Alejandro Flores and Sara Patricia Bonilla in the opening plenary of the Congress. 

Dr Alejandro Flores
Image credit: WAS 
Dr Flores is an Aquaculture Engineer from the Mar Technological Institute of Veracruz, Mexico with a Master's degree in Aquaculture and Fisheries Administration from the Institute of Aquaculture of the University of Stirling in Scotland, where he also completed his PhD in Aquaculture Sciences, oriented to the limnobiological characterisation of epicontinental water bodies for aquaculture and sectoral development planning. During his time in the academy, he generated more than 65 scientific articles and books and trained human resources, currently represented by independent researchers in various areas of knowledge that affect aquaculture. He worked as an international consultant in aquaculture, in the Program to Support the Development of Fisheries and Aquaculture of the Central American Isthmus (PRADEPESCA) of the European Union; He has also been an expert of the International Cooperation of Mexico in countries of Central America and Cuba.

He joined the United Nations Organisation for Food and Agriculture (FAO) in 2009, where he has been Coordinator of the Multidisciplinary Team for South America, as well as FAO representative in Argentina and Chile. He currently serves as Senior Officer of Fisheries and Aquaculture for Latin America and the Caribbean. In this work he has conducted processes such as the formulation of National Plans and Policies for the Development of Aquaculture and Fisheries in Argentina, Bolivia, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. In FAO, he has led regional processes such as the creation of the Aquaculture Network of the Americas and the Forum of Parliamentarians of Fisheries and Aquaculture in Latin America and the Caribbean, mechanisms to promote the sustainable development of aquaculture and fisheries; It has also conducted a regional program to strengthen the capacities of aquaculturists with limited resources, for their self-sustainability and inclusion in markets beyond their communities.
Dr Sara Patricia Bonilla
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Dr Sara Patricia Bonilla is a Business Administrator of the Universidad Pontificia Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia, specialising in Innovation, Technological Development and Transfer of International Technologies in Germany and Master in International Relations at the Universidad Pontificia Javeriana in Colombia. Since 2004 his professional career has been developed in the area of aquaculture. She was Executive Vice President of Acuanal, a guild of shrimp producers in Colombia. She worked in the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development as National Technical Secretary of the Aquaculture Chain, while serving as advisor to the Colombian Federation of Aquaculture, FEDEACUA, a guild of which she is the Executive Director since 2012.

As Executive Director, she leads the most important Quality Program in the Aquaculture sector in Colombia, which aims to implement Good Practices in Aquaculture, which has had favorable results for the Colombian fish industry, reflected in the increase in Colombian exports, positioning the country as the second supplier of fresh tilapia fillet in the United States. Likewise, he leads the research group AQUASOST, recognised by Colciencias and a new formalisation challenge for small Colombian fish producers.

Just as the participation of these two personalities is confirmed for the inauguration of LACQUA18 we are pleased to confirm the agreement reached with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation - UNIDO. With this agreement, the participation of UNIDO, on October 25, with the special session Regional Project for the "Improvement of productivity and competitiveness of the value chains of fisheries in the Latin America and the Caribbean region" is specified. The coordinator of the session will be Mr Alejandro Rivera Rojas, Program Officer of the Latin American and Caribbean Division of UNIDO. This session will present the regional action plan, results by country and continuity proposals, as well as the presentation of the Technical Guide on the application of resource efficiency and cleaner production in the shrimp farming sector. Special guests are expected from various entities such as the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism and FEDEACUA, among others.

Aquaculture in Colombia
LACQUA18 has the support of the Colombian Federation of Aquaculture - FEDEACUA, an entity that represents Colombian fish producers, which guarantees the participation of the Colombian productive sector in this important event. Likewise, it is expected that FEDEACUA, from the hand of government entities such as the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Productive Transformation Program - PTP of the Ministry of Commerce, will present to the public the results of several works that have been done together to improve the productivity and quality of Colombian fish farming, which has been reflected in the increase in exports.

Colombia represents one of the prominent markets in the aquaculture sector, demonstrated by the growth of 10.2% in 2017 compared to 2016 in continental fish farming, with a total of 120,230 tonnes. In the last decade it grew at an average annual rate of 8.54%. For this reason, we are happy to announce that the trade fair in LACQUA18, which has 72 commercial stands, will be a success. National and foreign companies that belong to all the links of the aquaculture chain have already confirmed their participation, among which are Xpertsea, Jefo, Faivre, Fisanet, Darling, TGV, Acqua & Co, Prilabsa, Haxada - Nutreco, Italcol, MSD, Andritz, Tecnoaqua, Xylem, Pharvet, Wenger, Kaeser Compressors, Artkom, USSEC, Aker Biomarine and Quimtia, among others.

Tours to production systems
Within the framework of the event, the possibility of two visits to aquaculture production systems will be offered:
Option 1: visit to the production company of rainbow trout and vegetables in aquaponic system.
Option 2: visit to a production system of red tilapia in biofloc, with a subsequent trip to the company producing ornamental fish such as scalars and dancers as well as production of aquatic plants.

The two tours will be held on Tuesday, October 23 and Saturday, October 27, so that you can attend a tour every day. Take advantage of this opportunity to know alternative and successful systems in Colombian conditions.

Submission of abstracts
The academic component of LACQUA18 has opened its call for the submission of works on various topics among which are the most cultivated aquatic species in Colombia and in countries of the LACC area, with special focus on tilapia, trout, native South American fish and shrimp, as well as diverse topics such as production systems, sustainable aquaculture, health and diseases, physiology and genetics, nutrition and food, processing and economics, and aquaculture socioeconomy. Oral presentations and posters, as well as summaries, may be developed in Spanish, Portuguese or English.

Abstract submission can be made until August 1, 2018 on the event page, HERE.

Information on ways to participate as an assistant or sponsor can be consulted at the link, HERE.

For more information contact Carolina Amézquita Móvil on or by calling +57 3184669122 

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

24/05/2018: Global winners of Alltech Young Scientist program revealed

Announcement made during exciting exploration of ideas and innovation at ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference (ONE18)

Now in its 13th year, the Alltech Young Scientist program returned to reward university students for their innovative scientific research. The world’s largest agriscience program of its kind culminated at ONE18, where eight finalists — four graduate students and four undergraduate students — presented their research to a panel of international judges.
Dr Mark Lyons addresses the audience at ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference 2018
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The undergraduate winner of $5,000 and a fully funded Ph.D. program at the university of her choice is Leesa-Joy Flanagan, representing the University of Adelaide in Australia. Her work focused on the effects of different sources of undegradable dietary protein on lamb growth, daily weight gain and voluntary feed intake.

The graduate winner of $10,000 and a fully funded postdoctoral position is Saheed Salami, representing the University of Catania in Italy. His research investigated cardoon meal as a novel feed and its effect on lamb performance, rumen function and meat quality.

The newly added Impact Award recognised a project with the potential to make a significant impact on agriculture. The winner of the $1,000 prize is Moisés Poli from Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina in Brazil. His research focused on Pacific white shrimp and Nile tilapia integration in a biofloc system under different fish stocking densities.

“We reviewed projects representing 86 universities,” said Dr Karl Dawson, vice president and chief scientific officer at Alltech. “These young scientists demonstrate that the future of scientific discovery is bright.”

On its closing day, ONE18 highlighted the importance of fostering a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship across all sectors of business and agriculture. Reflecting that spirit, The Pearse Lyons Accelerator returned for the second year, bringing eight startups to the conference’s mainstage. The next generation of ag-tech ideas were pitched to a global audience of thousands, including international press and potential investors. The unique opportunity for startups is a collaborative project between Alltech and Dogpatch Labs, Ireland’s leading startup hub.

Eight participants in the Pearse Lyons Accelerator presented their ag-tech startup companies on the mainstage at ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference 2018
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The 2018 Pearse Lyons Accelerator participants include:
From the United Kingdom, the world's first environmentally controlled, fully automated system to produce industrial levels of Black Soldier Fly protein.

From Austria, a SMART eartag sensor to monitor the activity and position of each animal. Provides farmers with information to make reliable decisions.

From Israel, technology that allows hatcheries and chicken breeders to detect the gender of chicken embryos.

From the United States, virtual fencing and autonomous animal control. Vence enables management and monitoring of livestock via smartphones.

From the United States, a combination of real-time data and nutritional breakthroughs to tackle Bovine Respiratory Disease for healthier cattle and a safer beef supply.

From the United States, technology that naturally activates bio-immunity in plants by switching on its defense genes.

From the United States, personalised supplement programs backed by nutrigenomics research. Designed to help reduce the risk of chronic diseases and to meet daily nutrient needs.

Alltech SMART dairy
From Canada, a program designed to deploy Alltech's nutrition and ag-tech breakthroughs to farms via nutritionists.

“Six of the 10 participants last year were listed as top 100 agri-tech companies in the world,” said Aidan Connolly, chief innovation officer at Alltech. “That is indicative of the companies applying.”

Connolly noted that last year’s participants in The Pearse Lyons Accelerator were able to access 28 new markets and generate a total of $50 million in qualified leads.

Tuesday’s keynote lineup included Beth Comstock, who served as vice chair of General Electric and president of integrated media at NBCUniversal. She urged the audience to rediscover the power of imagination without fear of failure. “We can no longer fail to imagine,” she said.

“We can no longer fail to fail. What are you going to give yourself permission to try?”

The ONE18 mainstage also welcomed David E. Bell, professor of agriculture and business at Harvard Business School, and Robert Wolcott, clinical professor of innovation and entrepreneurship at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

More than 3,600 attendees from 76 countries convened at ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference in Lexington, Kentucky, from May 20–22 to explore innovative ideas in science, agriculture and business.

The 34th annual conference demonstrated the forward-focused energy of Alltech as the company continues the mission of its visionary founder, Dr Pearse Lyons, who passed away March 8.

“Together we can work toward a planet of plenty,” said Dr Mark Lyons, president of Alltech. “What is your ONE big idea? Share it and make it happen.”

ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference will be back in Lexington, Kentucky, USA, May 19–21, 2019.

Visit the website to learn more and to experience the highlights from ONE18, HERE.
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24/05/2018: The Athens of the North: Monaco Blue Initiative comes to Edinburgh

As told by Professor David Munro, Former Director of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society

The reason why delegates gathered in Edinburgh to attend the 2018 Monaco Blue oceans conference can be traced back to a chance encounter during the last week of July 1898 when two ships coincidentally set anchor side-by-side in the port of Tromsø in northern Norway.

The first ship to arrive was the Princess Alice II, the research vessel of the ‘sailor prince’ HSH Prince Albert I of Monaco, who was making his first voyage northwards into Arctic waters to undertake oceanographical research. The second ship, owned by the thread-making magnate Andrew Coats from Paisley in Scotland, was the private yacht Blencathra, heading southwards after a sporting voyage to Novaya Zemlaya.

On board this ship was the Scottish naturalist, oceanographer and polar explorer William Speirs Bruce who had been offered the opportunity to undertake air and sea observations on this his third voyage into polar waters.

Bruce could not believe his good fortune when the Prince invited him to join his northern cruise to Svalbard.

This, as they say, was the beginning of a beautiful friendship, but not only that, it was the beginning of a fruitful scientific collaboration that was to last the rest of their lives. They made several subsequent visits to Svalbard together and the Prince supported Bruce’s 1902-04 Scottish National Antarctic Expedition by supplying scientific instruments to assist with oceanographical studies in the South Atlantic.

Attracted to Edinburgh as a student in 1887 by the opportunity to study at the marine laboratory on the Firth of Forth and to work on the scientific data brought back to Edinburgh by the Challenger Expedition (1872-75), Bruce was eventually to establish his Scottish Oceanographical Laboratory at Surgeons’ Hall in Edinburgh, a facility that was officially opened by Prince Albert I in January 1907.

Read the full article in the International Aquafeed online edition, HERE.

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TSC Silos company profile

As a specialist in the building of square silos TSC Silos supplies an end product that meets the highest quality requirements and is used in a variety of industries

According to TSC Silos, “We use our focus and expertise to design suitable rectangular silo installations of which we are proud. That is all we do: we design, calculate and build silos; day in day out, year in year out. For your benefit.”

The rectangular silo concept is characterised by an optimum storage capacity and flexible layout options. A clever design produces the best possible product discharge with maximum storage capacity.

With a TSC silo you are also investing in a safe, hygienic working environment.

The organisation is 100 percent focused on this silo concept, from sale and design to production and installation.

They are able to handle projects from A to Z: from the steel support structure to the insulating cladding and from functional design up to and including fitting.

At TSC safety is a given. Their well-trained engineers carry out sound calculations for your silo. TSC designs, calculates and manufactures all the silos in accordance with the latest standards (EN 1991, EN 1993 and EN 1090).

TSC Silos are familiar with ATEX, earthquake coefficients, snow loads and the effects of wind. Everything is worked out using advanced computer software down to the smallest detail.

If you so desire, you can have the calculations checked by independent parties; that’s not a problem.

Their experienced installation teams have all the necessary training and are at home on construction sites.

Visit the TSC Silos website, HERE.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

23/05/2018: Deep Trekker to showcase technology in support of sustainable aquaculture in the UK

Aquaculture UK in Aviemore, Scotland May 23rd-24th will serve as the premiere showcase for Deep Trekker’s technology in the UK sector

Aquaculture is an increasingly important industry for Scotland and the whole of the UK, but is not without negative criticism. The industry, under trade association the Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation, has taken steps to increase environmental reporting and transparency.

Technology such as Deep Trekker’s remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and submersible cameras, plays an important role in sustainable aquaculture. From May 23rd to 24th, Deep Trekker will present its remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) at Aquaculture UK in Aviemore, Scotland, booth 211 - providing fish farms with the means to inspect and monitor their stocks, infrastructure, and environmental impact more efficiently and cost effectively.

Deep Trekker provides robotic tools for aquaculture site management in many established and emerging markets. The flagship DTG2 ROV, and the new DT-POD monitory cameras provide site managers the ability to quickly inspect netting, cages, moorings and stock health from the surface of the water. The portable systems allow farms to have access to affordable monitoring technology to reduce fish escapes, identify net integrity issues and reduce the environmental impacts of open ocean farming.

With the growing need for a sustainable food source, world organisations are embracing aquaculture, and looking to robotic technology as a solution for ongoing success. Deep Trekker’s affordable ROV’s provide the ideal solution to monitoring day to day operations, enforcing regulations and investigating the surrounding areas and ecosystem.

For those interested in a live demo, join the Deep Trekker team at booth 211 in Aviemore, Scotland.

For more information visit the Deep Trekker website, HERE.

The International Aquafeed (the magazine that this blog supports) 
team have already arrived in Scotland and are ready to report on Aquaculture UK.

Visit the Aquaculture UK website, HERE.

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23/05/2018: Microbial-based solutions for sustainable shrimp farming

by Lallemand Animal Nutrition, Blagnac, France

At the latest Asian-Pacific Aquaculture 2018 conference (APA 18) in Taipei, Taiwan, Lallemand Animal Nutrition, shared the results of new studies conducted in partnership with ShrimpVet Laboratory at Nong Lam University.

These studies encompass the development and evaluation of functional feed ingredients to help address important shrimp health issues such as Enterocytozoon hepatopenaei (EHP) challenge, or white feces syndrome (WFS), as well as the development of integrated bioremediation strategies for pond water management. They suggest different approaches to answer important issues of shrimp health, nutrition and management in a sustainable way.

Microbial-based functional ingredients for aquafeed: New perspectives
EHP is an intracellular parasite that targets the shrimp hepatopancreas and gut epithelial lining, causing stunted growth. It generates severe losses across Asia, either directly or in association with other pathogens.

The trial results were presented by Eric Leclercq, Ph.D., Aquaculture R&D and Technical Support Manager with Lallemand Animal Nutrition. The trial was conducted at ShrimpVet Laboratory in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on EHP-challenged juvenile whiteleg shrimp.

It evaluated a multi-strain yeast-based additive developed by Lallemand Animal Nutrition — YANG — with enhanced immune-modulating properties and binding activities against undesirable bacteria. YANG was fed for 14-days prior to the disease challenge and during the challenge period.

“With YANG, the pathogen load in the hepatopancreas, measured by qPCR, was reduced at all time points and by up to 64 percent at the peak of infection. As a result, the body weight of challenged shrimp was 7.9 percent higher thanks to, interestingly, a much-reduced prevalence of severely compromised animals” Dr Leclercq explained. “YANG, applied preventively and over an EHP challenge period, can thus help contribute to reducing the severity of the EHP outbreak and related loss of growth. Importantly, ‘runt’ shrimp typically act as disease reservoir, so reducing their prevalence can help safeguard the crop to harvest,” he concluded.

As with EHP, White Feces Syndrom (WFS) is a pathology that strongly affects shrimp growth and FCR, but also survival. The infectious nature of the disease, and development of a challenge model, were only recently described by Professor Loc Tran from ShrimpVet Laboratory. The trial presented at APA 2018 aimed at assessing the potential of YANG to help mitigate the severity and impact of the syndrome, using the recently available WFS challenge model.

Results indicated a lower prevalence of gross syndromes at the peak of infection, a lower loss of body-weight and a clear trend towards a higher survival. This highlights for the first time, thanks to YANG unique properties, the potential of a microbial-based solution as part of an integrated management program to support good health and performance under these conditions.

Read the full article, HERE.

Visit the Lallemand Animal Nutrition website, HERE.

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Wenger company profile

From small-town entrepreneur to worldwide leader. With a little ingenuity and a lot of hard work, brothers Joe and Louis Wenger founded Wenger Mixing Company in a small Kansas (USA) town in 1935. They went on to design a machine that blended molasses with dry feedstuffs and produced pellets in 1948.

Theirs was the first extrusion cooking system and the basic technology for all commercial extruders used today.  The Wenger brothers' novel idea created a worldwide industry. And, seventy-five years later, Wenger Manufacturing, Inc. is still a family-owned business committed to groundbreaking innovation in the extrusion market.

Visit the website HERE.

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22/05/2018: The Aquaculturalists recognised as significant aquaculture blog

The Aquaculturalists has been listed as the third highest ranking aquaculture blog globally according to Feedspot.

In the listing it is noted that The Aquaculturalists has been providing news from the aquaculture industry for eight years.
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The Aquaculturalists blog continues to cover all things aquaculture from around the globe. Operating in conjunction with the monthly magazine, International Aquafeed, the quality material posted daily is sourced by members of a team who are constantly in contact with the industry.

The Aquaculturalists strives to deliver the most interesting and relevant updates from around the world in an impartial manner, from company updates through to technological breakthroughs. Whilst occasionally sharing lighter stories which highlight the relevance of aquaculture in communities everywhere, and the efforts that go into this critically important industry.

Visit the Feedspot Top 20 Aquaculture blogs list, HERE.

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22/05/2018: Asian-Pacific Aquaculture 2018

Taipei International Convention Centre, Taipei, Taiwan April 23-26, 2018

Asian Pacific Aquaculture 2018 (APA18) conference and exhibition, was held from April 23rd to 26th, 2018 at the Taipei Convention Centre (TICC), Taipei, Taiwan.

 Through the collaboration and joint efforts of the National Taiwan Ocean University (NTOU), APA18 steering committee, and the World Aquaculture Society – Asian Pacific Chapter (WAS-APC), the APA 18 event has been very successful. APA18 comprised of a conference, aquaculture sessions, business meetings, tradeshows and farm tours. The event opened for registration and was attended by approximately 2,000 participants coming from 48 countries. The tradeshow, consisting of 100 booths, was a leading exhibition with many companies presenting their aquaculture products. There were 445 abstracts with 295 oral presentations and 150 posters at the conference.

Left to right: Mr Tian-Shou, Chen; Ex-Director General of Fish Agency of Taiwan, Dr I-Chou, Liou., Academician of the Academia Sinica, Taiwan.,Dr Ching-Fong Chang, President of National Taiwan Ocean University,Mr Hong-Yen Huang, Director General of Fish Agency of Taiwan, Dr Guillaume Drillet, President of WAS-APC, Mr Allen (Ming-Hsun), WU, Regional Manager- Aquaculture, Nutriad, Mr Jeff Chuang, General Manager of Sheng Long Biotech.  
Image credit: WAS
The opening ribbon cutting was officiated by Dr Ching Fong Chang, (president of NTOU), Dr Guillaume Drillet (WAS-APC President), and the representative APA18 : Mr Tian-Shou, Chen (Ex-Director General of Fish Agency of Taiwan), Dr I-Chou, Liou., (Academician of the Academia Sinica, Taiwan)., Mr Hong-Yen Huang, (Director General of Fish Agency of Taiwan), Mr Allen (Ming-Hsun), WU, (Regional Manager- Aquaculture, Nutriad), and Mr Jeff Chuang, (General Manager of Sheng Long Biotech).

The plenary session on April 24 was a presentation by Dr Ching Fong Chang, with title “Introduction to the conference theme Aquauculture Innovation Sustainability and Food Safety. And Dr Peter De SCHRYVER, presented “New Insights in Microbial Management to make intensive aquaculture more sustainable.

APA18 had 40 sessions on aquaculture with topic including aqua feed, shrimp culture, fish disease, environment biodiversity and climate change, tilapia health and farm tour. More than 60 participants joined the two farm tours with tour 1 at West of Taipei, Koi Farm and Fisheries research, and Tour 2 at East of Taipei, NTOU and NMMST, organised by NTOU.

At the president’s reception, participants also enjoyed the traditional dance, and show from Taiwan.

APA18 would like to thanks their sponsors Sheng Long Co., Ltd, Nutriad, MSD Animal Health/ Merck, DaBomb inside, and Kemin in making APA18 successful.

The WAS team look forward to meeting you at the next APA19, June 19-21, 2019 at Chennai Trade Center, Chennai, India.

For more information visit the World Aquaculture Society website, HERE.

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22/05/2018: Pancreas disease in farmed salmon

by MSD Animal Health, UK

MSD Animal Health has undertaken a comprehensive survey of pancreas disease in farmed salmon in Scotland.

One of the key findings of the Scottish Pancreas Disease (PD) Mapping Project is that blanket vaccination appears to have resulted in a significant reduction in positive results.

The results of the project also suggest that herd immunity and improved husbandry practices may also be proving effective as pancreas disease has now fallen down the list of most prevalent diseases found in farmed salmon, however remains a continued risk.

The year-long study by MSD Animal Health, working in collaboration with producers of farmed salmon in Scotland, undertook survey work across 96 sites in Scotland, covering the Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland (the Northern Isles) and along the West coast.

The survey covered both vaccinated and unvaccinated populations to evaluate vaccine efficacy comparing comprehensive historical data collected since 2008 and a similar mapping project completed in 2015 with the recent findings.

For the PD Mapping Project 2018 the methodology used was similar to that of the 2015 project, which was to assess the prevalence of Salmonid alphavirus (SAV) and neutralizing antibodies, which indicated a challenge has been present. Where positive SAV was identified, the virus was subtyped to determine which of the six subtypes of SAV were found. This has enabled the mapping project team to provide the most comprehensive view yet of the geographical distribution of SAV subtypes.

Results of samples can highlight the following:
1. Negative virus and antibody: No exposure to the site to PD at that precise moment in time;
2. Positive virus: Active, circulating viral infection;
3. Positive antibody and positive virus: Mid to late stage infection;
4. Positive antibody only: Previous infection.

Serology samples were the predominant diagnostic method used during the survey. Samples were taken at key periods during the production cycle when the SAV infection pressure is likely to be most present.

Read the full article, 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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Sunday, May 20, 2018

21/05/2018: Maine wants to return salmon and herring to historic habitat, USA

A Maine state project aims to bring salmon and river herring back to a tributary of one of the state's major rivers. 

Togus Pond - Augusta, MaineImage credit: Doug Kerr on Flickr(CC BY-SA 2.0)
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is using its Species Recovery Grants to States Program to award more than $310,000 USD to the Maine Department of Marine Resources for the project. The state wants to restore salmon and herring back to Togus Stream.

The stream is a tributary of the Kennebec River. The state says the river was once home to the fish, but the construction of barriers has blocked them from their historical habitat for more than two centuries.

Marine resources department sea run fisheries director Sean Ledwin says the stream has the potential to support runs of more than 300,000 river herring into Togus Pond every year.

For more infomation visit the Maine Public website, HERE.

Visit the 
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration website, HERE.

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21/05/2018: The best of British aquaculture

by Zasha Whiteway-Wilkinson, Production Editor, International Aquafeed

Aquaculture UK, the biannual fish farming event held in Aviemore, Scotland, between May 23-24, 2018, is set to attract the biggest and widest array of visitors in recent years.

Hosted by Benchmark Holdings PLC, who are “a pioneering, innovation company operating in the aquaculture, agriculture and animal health sectors”, the show will cover every aspect of aquaculture and boasts to provide the best commercial and technical advice for fish farmers, farm managers and aquaculture professionals.

In this edition of International Aquafeed you will see numerous news stories and features, especially surrounding technology where a line has been added in blue depicting where that company will be hosting a stand at the show. We have also featured a main focus interview with prominent show organiser Matthew Colvan as our main interview spread this month, where he talks about his history and the work that has gone into organising this year’s show.

You will see included in this preview a floor plan supplied by Aquaculture UK, which you will be able to use to find the necessary stands to expand your professional network. On the final page of this article you will also see that we have broken down the exhibitors into categories of different parts of the industry for ease of use for you to be able to find them at the show. These include:

1. Genetic eggs
2. Nets, cages and mooring systems
3. Feed and nutrition
4. Counting/grading and sorting machines
5. Barges and feeding systems
6. Fish health
7. Feeding systems
8. Underwater equipment – ROVs
9. Water Treatment
10. Other

At the show, International Aquafeed will be at stand 115, where we will have a number of magazines available and also the opportunity to speak with the team in regard to possible collaborations or editorial suggestions you may have for featuring any products or research you’re involved in in the magazine.

The timetable of the two days is as follows, between 1000-1700 in the Conference Tent in the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre there will be “Aquavation – the Ripple Sessions”, where SAIC will discuss how they’ve brought together industry and research to drive innovative solutions to industry-defined challenges within Scottish Aquaculture.

Read the full show preview in the online International Aquafeed magazine, HERE.

Visit the Aquaculture UK website, HERE.

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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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The interview | Matt Colvan, Sales and Marketing Director, 5m Publishing

The interview: Matt Colvan has worked within the events and publishing sector for nearly 20 years, experience which stood him in good stead when 5m Publishing acquired the UK’s biggest aquaculture trade show, Aquaculture UK. After a successful first exhibition in 2016, the biannual show is about to run again in 2018 and is fast becoming Europe’s one-stop-shop for professionals in the global industry.
In the role of Sales and Marketing Director, a position he has held for nearly six years, Matt has been the driving force behind the show, which will be held in Aviemore, Scotland between May 23-24, 2018. Here, the De Montfort University graduate talks with International Aquafeed about the show which he says has “firmly established itself as an important and truly international trade event for the aquaculture industry.”

What has been your part in the organisation of Aquaculture UK? And what makes you the right person for such an exciting role?
Since we acquired the show in 2015 it’s been my aim to deliver the exhibition with the same professionalism and industry expertise that has allowed its reputation to grow over the years, and to increase its ambition. As we near our second round in 2018 I think we’re achieving this, with record delegate and exhibitor numbers and increasing interest from global, not just UK players. 2020 will be a huge year for us, as we build on the success so far.
Delivering important industry events like this really is my passion. As well as the fun (and sometime frantic!) process of putting it all together, it’s an unparalleled forum for the finest minds in aquaculture to exchange ideas and do business – it really matters, and that’s a real thrill to be a part of.

Have you always been interested in aquaculture, how has your career led you to where you are now?
Before I joined 5m I worked as part of a team delivering clean power solutions to the energy sector – being involved in a better future for our planet seems only logical to me. The same is true of working in aquaculture – at the end of the day, everything I do is a contribution to a more sustainable world, no matter how small.

What can visitors look forward to especially this year at Aquaculture UK? What makes this show different to previous events?
This year, the show doesn’t stop in the exhibition tent. There’s also an action-packed conference programme including in-depth sessions from the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC), the launch of 5m Publishing’s indispensable new manual on cleaner fish, and an exciting first – the Women in Aquaculture networking breakfast, featuring senior speakers from industry and government, which we encourage all delegates to attend for a stimulating discussion on the importance of diversity in the workforce.

This show is attracting people from all over the world – why do you think people have decided to make the international travel for the event, and do you think it is poised to be one of the most important events in the industry?
The aquaculture industry is a young, dynamic one, rapidly changing and developing. This energy is reflected in the exhibition this year, which has expanded beyond salmon to include shellfish and other species, and has attracted suppliers from outside the UK. It’s also simply bigger, with 50 percent more indoor exhibitor space than 2016, with more on show and improved services, including catering and conference facilities on site. In the outside space, our extended reach supports demonstrations of equipment including CleanTreat by Benchmark, AKVA group Scotland, Tideman Boats and Migdale transport, to name but a few.
We look forward to welcoming over 1,800 visitors over the two days. They’ll have the opportunity to view over 190 exhibitor stands, with 60 percent coming from the UK and Ireland and many from further afield, giving the show a truly international profile. Exhibitors include businesses from North America, Norway, Denmark, Germany, France, India, Mauritius and China.

Focusing on Scottish aquaculture, it is quite the hub for salmon production, is salmon a major feature in this show in your opinion and what makes Scottish salmon an iconic product?
Salmon is absolutely the headline product, being second only to whisky in importance to Scotland’s economy. The UK aquaculture sector is also a world leader in terms of sustainability and welfare, and the quality of product we are able to produce as a result. But we’ve made great strides in representing other species of finfish and shellfish, as well as equipment providers, and I hope the show continues to develop to represent the industry more widely.

What can the exhibitors expect of the visitors, do you think there will be a dominance of a certain sector of the industry or a wide variety?
Our delegate profiles show a fantastic range of experts from all areas of the industry - from students to farm managers to academics and CEOs. I honestly believe that if you can think of role in UK aquaculture, it will be represented at this year’s show.

How do shows such as this help in the goal to create a sustainable food future for the world?
Our mission, as part of Benchmark Knowledge Services, is to create forums where the finest aquaculture research and products can be shared for the benefit of the industry, and Aquaculture UK is a perfect example. Representing a significant and growing sector of the economy – the second biggest Scottish export market after whisky – investment and innovation in aquaculture are vital both to the sustainability of the global protein supply and to a growing international network of people and businesses.

Aquaculture is recognised as the fastest growing industry in the world, why do you think this is and how do think industry professionals have a responsibility to ensure environmentally friendly and ethical farming?
The challenge of feeding the growing global population is well known, and doing so sustainably is at the core of our business. If the industry isn’t sustainable, it has no future – it’s as simple as that.

How is technology important to the future of the industry and how do you think we will continue to see its development?
There is already an extraordinary level of technological sophistication represented across the aquaculture industry, with cutting edge research represented everywhere at the show – Benchmark’s CleanTreat, for example, promises to revolutionise sea lice treatment while protecting the environment. The next big opportunity I can see is in data – we are only just beginning to understand how sharing and analysing what we can monitor between and across farms can do for the global challenges of biosecurity and sustainability.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

18/05/2018: 3 in 5 livestock producers expect to use more phytogenic feed additives this year

Many in the livestock industry expect to increase their use of phytogenic feed additives (PFAs) in 2018. According to a recent survey of more than seven hundred agribusiness professionals, a full 60 percent of respondents reported that their PFA use would increase over the next 12 months.

Plant-based feed additives – specifically essential oils, plant extracts, herbs and spices – are known to have a range of biologically active properties that can be applied to modern animal production. These include anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and digestion enhancing effects.

Michael Noonan
Image credit: BIOMIN

Increasing interest
“We continue to see strong demand for PFAs from all sectors of the animal protein industry,” commented Michael Noonan, Global Product Line Manager Phytogenics at BIOMIN. “As the awareness and understanding of the benefits of scientifically tailored PFAs such as Digestarom® is growing, their commercial application becomes more widespread.”

Scientific findings underscore the fact that phytogenic feed additives can reduce the microbial threat and promote intestinal health, which is imperative for optimal performance and profitability.

Furthermore, reported results of market research in various countries suggest that consumers look favourably on the addition of phytogenic feed additives to animal feed.

These industry expectations, coupled with consumer acceptance, indicate the strong growth in demand for phytogenic feed additives for farm animals globally, in line with projections that the PFA market will reach the US$1 billion threshold by 2023.

Turning science into solutions
The upcoming BIOMIN Phytogenic Feed Additives Survey builds on similar work published in 2017.

“As a leading global supplier of PFAs, we are in constant contact with clients, researchers, valued distributors and our skilled sales and client support teams throughout the globe,” noted Mr Noonan.

“Through discussions with clients, trials and scientific research, we are continually highlighting the advantages that PFAs offer to the feed and livestock industries,” explained Mr Noonan.

BIOMIN has conducted hundreds of trials with phytogenic feed additives over the years. “Our scientific knowledge of PFAs and on-the-ground customer support throughout the world provide us the means to help our clients achieve the best outcomes,” Mr Noonan concluded.

Upcoming publication
More than 700 nutritionists, business owners, veterinarians and consultants located in over 80 countries provided their views on the use of phytogenic feed additives in livestock in the recent BIOMIN Phytogenic Feed Additive survey.

The full results of the actual BIOMIN Phytogenic Feed Additives Survey will be published in June 2018.

For more information visit the BIOMIN website, HERE.

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18/05/2018: Dr Eckel receives EU funding for major research project

Dr Eckel Animal Nutrition researches and develops innovative additives that help produce, use and store animal feed in a more effective and resource-efficient manner.

Sustainable, climate-friendly and animal-friendly food production is one of the major challenges of modern agriculture. The state of Rhineland-Palatinate has approved extensive funding for the development of a new product by medium-sized family business.

Dr Eckel Animal Nutrition, a medium-sized company based in Niederzissen, Germany, has been working towards more efficient feed use and improved animal welfare for more than twenty years. According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), more than 800 million people are still threatened with hunger. Meanwhile, about 30 percent of all resources worldwide—raw materials, soil, water and energy—go to waste, because food still rots in the fields, spoils due to mould or pests, gets damaged in transit or is destroyed. At the same time, extensive farming and intensive animal husbandry cause further problems such as soil over-fertilisation, drinking water pollution and climate-wrecking gas emissions. Policymakers, consumers, traders and producers are equally answerable for solutions to these global challenges.

Dr Eckel Animal Nutrition is committed to developing solutions, thus driving innovation, in the area of feed additives. The company is currently investing around €700,000 in a new research and development project, for which it is receiving funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) within the scope of the InnoTop programme of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate. The aim of the project is to develop a sanitising multifunctional additive for animal feed that can be used globally and that should help make valuable resources and animal feed more durable in accordance with FAO guidelines. Dr Eckel’s development team is collaborating with external partners, both local and foreign, on new combinations of active ingredients, measurement methods and production technologies to achieve this ambitious project goal.

Tilman Wilke, Product Development Team Manager, and Dr Michael Wilhelm, Technical Sales Team Manager, are very pleased and proud of the funding approval, both departments have put a lot of effort into thoroughly preparing for this project, achieving this success.

For Dr Bernhard Eckel, Head of Business Development and Sales, funding is not only an important tool for planning and implementing such large research and development projects, “Of course, funding provided by the Investment and Economic Development Bank of Rheinland-Pfalz (ISB) is a major risk buffer. However, this approval primarily confirms our commitment to contributing innovative solutions pertinent to our area, namely: resource-efficient and sustainable food production suitable for humans, animals and the environment.”

For more information visit the Dr Eckel website, HERE.

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