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Anna Fish Company plans a big increase in capacity

Large rainbow trout for retail markets A number of fish species are produced by the fish farming sector in Latvia, but only three or four are produced in significant quantities. These include carp, sturgeon and rainbow trout. The volumes produced of other species, including tench, crucian carp, and pike, are between 10 and 15 tonnes a year. Rainbow trout production jumped in 2014, by a factor of 9 from the year before, from 4 tonnes to 35 tonnes. The huge increase in production is all the more impressive if one considers that average annual production for the 10 years to 2013 was 4.3 tonnes. Although trout farming in Latvia is relatively new, as a farmed species trout is very well established elsewhere. Trout is farmed in 17 EU countries and accounts for 14 of the value and 15 of the volume of fish farmed in the EU. Of the top 10 species farmed in the EU trout is number two in terms of both value (following salmon) and volume (after mussels). Rainbow trout is a thoroughly-studied fish and every aspect of it is well documented. It is farmed in different systems, in ponds, raceways, and recirculation plants, and the availability of eggs, specialised feeds, and hatchery and on-growing equipment for trout is widespread.

Focus switches to rainbow trout In Latvia a company that has recently started breeding trout in a recirculation system is the Anna Fish Company. It started 10 years ago farming fish in small ponds, but then some seven years later changed to a recirculation system. We started with rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss), tiger trout (a cross between brown trout, Salmo trutta, and brook trout, Salvelinus fontinalis) and Arctic char (Salvelinus alpinus alpinus), says Kristaps Romanovs, the chairman, but are now planning to focus only on rainbow trout as in Latvia there is far more

Currently eggs are imported from Denmark, but as production grows the company will consider investing in its own broodstock. www.eurofishmagazine.com

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demand for that than for the other species. The paucity of demand can be attributed to a general lack of awareness about these new species as well as a reluctance to try something new and unfamiliar. Changing this attitude will call for a concerted and long term effort and for now the company would like to focus its endeavours on switching to supplying the species for which demand is high on its markets in Latvia and Lithuania. For the moment Anna Fish does not have its own broodstock. Instead the company buys eggs from a Danish supplier with whom it has had a collaboration

for the last four years. We know the quality of the material he supplies and that his deliveries are reliable so we are not buying eggs from others. The company has divided its production into two units, one is the hatchery for incubation and juveniles up to a maximum of 100 g. This unit has three independent systems which allows the company the flexibility of being able to purchase eggs at any time rather than having to wait until the system is ready to accept them. This is a bit different from other systems which tend to run a batch of eggs from the first stage to the last before introducing a new batch, according to Mr Romanovs. The

In summer when the temperature is higher the fish are introduced into ponds for the final growth phase. Eurofish Magazine 3 / 2016

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Eurofish magazine 3 2016  

Featuring Latvia and Germany, this issue also looks at events like the SEG in Brussels, NASF in Bergen and our aquaculutre section looks at...

Eurofish magazine 3 2016  

Featuring Latvia and Germany, this issue also looks at events like the SEG in Brussels, NASF in Bergen and our aquaculutre section looks at...

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