Aqua Culture Asia Pacific Jan/Feb 2021 issue

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60 Startups

Live copepods in fish and shrimp hatcheries

The CFEED Team

Copepods 10X. Credit: Tora Bardal/NTNU.

As the worlds´ first large scale supplier of industrially farmed copepods, CFEED is leading the way in making this superior live feed available for the aquaculture industry. Based on 15 years of R&D at SINTEF Ocean, the company moved into their pilot factory in Vanvikan, Norway, back in 2016. Since then, they have been increasing their production capacity steadily, closing in on an annual production of 200 billion copepods, delivered to hatcheries all around the world. “A great selling point for us is to provide a bio-secure live feed that can be hatched on demand and fed to the larvae 24 hours later” says Tore Remman, CEO, who has previously held managing positions in business development at both Mowi and Nutrimar. “It is also possible for the hatchery to increase the size of the copepods by feeding them live algae, thereby adjusting the size to the growing fish larvae.” Another great advantage of copepods is their superior nutrition. While Artemia and rotifers undergo enrichment to improve the nutritional value, copepods are inherently high in DHA/EPA. When combined with the high protein content of the copepods of close to 70%, the result is a feed solution that does wonders for larvae of marine species. CFEED has seen numerous benefits on the biological development of the larvae fed copepods, among them faster growth, better survival, less deformities

and increased stress tolerance throughout the whole production cycle. CFEED is already in revenue and its participation in the cohort 2020 is to access potential clients and setting up production facilities in new geographies. “The small size of the copepod, 100 µm in length, upon hatching make it an ideal prey for a variety of warm and cold-water marine species. Successful trials have already been conducted for tiger grouper in Thailand, barramundi in Singapore, and various other species such as Tuna and Seriola sp. in Japan and Korea,” says Tore. “The large shrimp market is a target for us, although the challenges are entirely different. There, a pathogen-free status of the live feed is critical. We are regularly monitoring our whole in-house production process and checking for diseases as part of the process to secure SPF-accreditation. For shrimp, we see the zoea and mysis stages as an ideal fit for our product.” CFEED is currently supplying copepods globally. Transported on ice, the product can be stored cold for weeks. Among the challenges expected are import regulations into some countries. “We are looking for hatcheries and research institutes to establish import protocols and conduct trials,” added Tore.

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