Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Ace Aquatec welcomes announcement by SPPO of move to next generation of acoustic deterrent devices

Ace Aquatec, supports and welcomes today's announcement by the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation (SSPO) that its members are no longer using acoustic deterrent devices (ADDs) that may have been considered to cause disturbance or injury to European Protected Species.

The announcement comes as new legislation comes into place requiring licences for work which may disturb or injure European Protected Species. The legislation is aimed at addressing the old style of acoustic deterrent devices which often worked at loud average volumes and higher repetitive frequencies.
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New generation acoustic deterrent devices, such as those developed by Ace Aquatec, can operate at lower average volumes and optionally at lower frequencies, that are clearly audible to target species such as seals but are less audible to protected cetaceans including porpoises and dolphins.

New generation devices with wider frequencies ranges and modulation capabilities are more selective and responsive and so can be much more effective at lower sound levels.

Nathan Pyne-Carter, chief executive of Ace Aquatec said 'Our cutting edge deterrent innovation has been supported by a number of Scottish Government grants, including from SMART: Scotland and Cefas, to help us bring to the market an alternative to the previous style of devices. We are pleased to hear that the industry has committed to use next generation deterrents like those that we manufacture in the UK and distribute globally.

'Scottish fish farmers have a legal and moral duty to protect the welfare of their fish and the losses caused by seal attacks can have a significant financial and operational impact on a key Scottish sector which is currently also facing many other challenges.

'We are pleased that our devices have secured MMPA compliance and we are committed to working with the Scottish marine and aquaculture sector for further research into the use of ADDs and animal safety. We also have a SAIC grant currently ongoing to look at underwater sound propagation and the use of artificial intelligence triggering systems. We look forward to working with new and existing customers to help them protect their fish in a humane and responsible way.'

Visit the Ace Aquatec website, HERE.

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BioMar and Viet Uc form a strategic partnership to develop aquafeed in Vietnam

BioMar takes another important step to expand its global footprint within shrimp feed. By acquiring a majority ownership of the Viet-Uc feed business.

BioMar is ready to pursue a position within high-end shrimp feed in Vietnam, creating synergy with BioMar's existing shrimp businesses in LATAM.
Tuan Quoctran, Carlos Diaz and Michael Gammelgaard
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After a comprehensive due diligence, BioMar and Viet-Uc have signed an agreement for BioMar to acquire the majority of the Viet-Uc feed business. Through this acquisition BioMar establishes a partnership together with one of the leading seafood groups in Vietnam active in shrimp hatcheries, fish hatcheries and shrimp farming.

The ambition is to grow the market for high-end feed products focusing on sustainability, traceability, quality, and performance. The acquisition is subject to customary approvals by the authorities.

'With this partnership we open an important door into the Vietnamese market, one of the world's leading shrimp producing countries with a production close to 500,000 tonnes of shrimp. Considering the performance and agility of the Vietnamese shrimp industry during the last decade and not at least during this last year of pandemic, I am sure the market holds a great potential for growth.' explains Carlos Diaz, CEO, BioMar Group.

Looking at market forecasts and the increasing consumer focus on healthy and sustainable seafood, BioMar expects there will be an increasing market share for high-end feed, ensuring customers can capture value by delivering certified and tailored products towards global retail channels.

Building upon the BioMar business model of promoting local market agility in combination with global excellence, BioMar will shortly be able to turn research and knowledge within shrimp feed into new product and service offerings to the Vietnamese market.

'BioMar is already a significant shrimp feed producer in South and Central America and it is our ambition to continue the journey to become a major player within high-end shrimp feed. Within the past 5 years, we have established a significant production of shrimp feed in Ecuador and Costa Rica in partnership with large-scale local farmers,' says Mr Diaz

'Now, adding Vietnam into the equation will enable us to build a strong relationship both to the market in Vietnam but also to the nearby countries, and at the same time creating benefits from the relation between genetic and nutritional development. Partnering with one of the leading companies within this field in order to develop high performance feeds, concepts and value chain collaborations makes a lot of sense in order to promote a positive development of the shrimp industry ', concludes Mr Diaz.

Since 2012, BioMar has been engaged in the development of feed and technical services for shrimp utilising the capabilities of global R&D in combination with trial facilities around the world, most recently through the advanced internal feed trial unit in Ecuador dedicated to shrimp and local trials in Vietnam.

Moving into Asia will strengthen the position of BioMar in the global shrimp industry and make it possible to share know how and best practice across the continents.

Visit the BioMar website, HERE.

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