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November 2011




Hi my name is Martin Little. I am the Aquaculturists, with a background in Marine Zoology and eight years working in the field as a consultant fisheries observer in the North Atlantic, I am now part of International Aquafeed magazine, and as well as my column in the pages of the magazine I will be running a accompanying blog that can be found at


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Norwegian seafood group acquires Dutch interests

Leroy Seafood Group (LSG) ASA, has purchased 50.1 percent shares in Rode Beheer BV in the Netherlands for â‚Ź15 million (US$20.579 million). Rode is one of the leading producers of processed seafood in the Netherlands, LSG says in a press release "that with its well established customer network within European grocery chains, as well as airline and other large-scale catering operations, Rode is a company that fits well with LSG's strategy to develop the Group's global sales network". Read more ...

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Vietnam's new plans set for aquaculture

The reports of infectious Salmon Anaemia (ISA) in British Columbia, have yet to be verified by the federal officials through the established processes. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Fisheries and Oceans Canada are working to assess the results using scientifically sound and Internationally recognised procedures. These procedures include additional testing to verify the presence or absence of the ISA virus in these samples. Fisheries and Oceans Canada conducts regular testing in BC for a wide variety of pathogens, including ISA. Read more ...

Review: Nutrition and Fish Health

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The Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development are planning to review all investment projects, to create a plan for the development of freshwater aquaculture sector throughout 2012. The directorate of fisheries has been ask to work with the ministry's department of planning. The review will be about dispersing the capital to create egg cultivation and the main aquatic species production. The new direction for fish farming and aquaculture in general is to reach a target of nearly 80 percent of high quality tra fish by 2015. Read more ...

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Nutrition and Fish Health was published in 2001 and was edited by Dr Chhorn Lim and Dr Carl D Webster. Dr Lim has more than 25-year experience aquaculture nutrition and feed development research. Dr Webster has worked in in aquaculture nutrition and diet development research for more than a decade. Read more ...

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Boat technology to transport salmon without infection or lice Image courtesy of SINTEF Scientist, engineers and operators in the farming industry have been developing technology that will allow the transportation of salmon, but do not allow the transport of infections and sea lice. Its is well understood that in the future aquaculture will have to adopt stringent standards of hygiene and infection controls. For the last three years the scientist, engineers and operators in the farming industry have been developing a well-boat concept that is packed with technology and innovation. Read more ...

Land based fish farming will remain a niche part of the industry

In Canada fish farming (aquaculture) has established itself as a profitable industry, generating CAN$1 billion (€715 million) in revenue a year and producing about 154,000 tons of fish of which three-quarters are salmon. Even though as an industry it is very profitable, there are debates about the environmental impact of aquaculture on the marine environment as well as ecological issues. Aquaculture officials told a parliamentary committee Tuesday that land based fish farming will remain a niche part of the industry. Read more ...

Food and Water Watch investigate factory fish farming

Food and Water Watch investigated factory fish farming and look into weather it is environmentally sound or stable. The debris that leaks directly from the cages into the ocean contains untreated fish waste, excess feed and dead fish. The waste has been shown to alter fragile marine habitats, and with an already polluted ocean from agriculture, industrial and the recent oil spills we don't know what the ecological impact will be of yet another source of pollution. “Little is known about the assimilative capacity of the marine environment for these pollutants,” concludes a 2007 report commissioned by the Woods Hole Oceano-graphic Institution. Read more ...

Vietnam looks at methods to improve tilapia cage farming

Aquaculture has played a big part in the vital role of global demand for food, it also sustains local communities in employment. Researchers from the Department of Environmental Management at HoChi Minh City University of Technology, have been looking to improve tilapia cage farming in Tien Giang region of Vietnam. The dominant type of fresh water aquaculture practised in the Southern provinces of Vietnam is cultivation of fish in cages. Tilapia cage farms are the most popular freshwater cultivation practice in Tien Giang which has contributed substantially to livelihoods, food demand and poverty alleviation. However, this type of floating fish cultivation is increasingly facing difficult challenges, including a deterioration in water quality and fish mortalities. Read more ...



Thursday, November 3, 2011

Fish farming inland is a growing activity in Tamil Nadu

The growth of inland fishfarming has grown in India and is fast becoming a main source of livelihood for the farmers. Near Pennagram Taluck in Tamil Nadu’s Dharmapuri district farmers are changing from land based farming to aquaculture because of the large losses they have incurred. More than 5000 farmers in he region have started a fishfarming business, utilising the available water resources, under self employment schemes. Local ponds are being used for fish farming, those that have move to fishfarming say that its a profitable business, investing 15000 rupees (€221.445) and doubling it within three to four months. Read more ...

New Brunswick aquaculture company charged over lobster deaths

In the Bay of Fundy nearly two years ago hundreds of lobsters were found dead, two years on and Environmental Canada has charged a New Brunswick aquaculture company and three of its executives over the lobster deaths. Kelly Cove Salmon is facing 11 counts of depositing a substance that's harmful to fish into fish-bearing water, under section 36(3) of the Canadian National Fisheries Act. Kelly Cove Salmon is a division of Cooke Aquaculture, Cooke's C.E.O Glenn Cooke, vice-president Mike Szemerda, and Randall Griffin, the regional production manager for Kelly are also each facing 11 charges. Read more ...

India: Twelve states to have caged aquaculture in freshwater reservoirs

The National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) Senior executive C Vasudevappa has requested that the state government was to identify two large freshwater reservoirs to produce fish through the cage culture system. "First time we will go for the commercial cage culture in the country where the fish production will be high because of the cultivation in larger water bodies. We are planning to start it with at least two reservoirs in each state," said Vasudevappa at the workshop on "fish feed", organised by the Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture (CIFA). Read more ...

Microtoxin risk management

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Friday, November 4, 2011

For every aqua feed product theres a solution IAF Global Aquaculture Industry profile from Buhler

Aqua feed - Whether for fish or crustaceans, whether sinking or floating feeds for every aqua feed product Bühler offers the perfect solution from raw material processing, mixing and extruding to drying. Process expertise combined with cutting edge technology solutions guarantees a cost- and energy-efficient process solution from stand-alone machines to complete plants. Innovation - Our innovation is based on the art of engineering.Yet innovation can occur in every job, everywhere around the world. In this connection, the issue of job rotation is very important to Bühler. Exchanging ideas and experiences among different cultures and work styles is a must today. Global reach - Bühler has been a global player for many decades, with a multicultural team and a local presence extending across all the major markets of the world. Our service organizations have more than 1,000 people on the road everyday in the different markets. Bühler reacted early to the need of offering local adapted solutions, especially for the emerging countries. We have built new plants and expertise in China, in India, in South America and in South Africa to engineer and produce solutions adapted to local needs and requirements. Quality leadership - This attribute is manifested in quantifiable and transparent quality targets which are defined in an open dialog with our customers so that promised performance is achieved and the edge in confidence can be further increased.


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Aquaculture new technologies for a brighter future

Aquaculture is an ancient practice, that has continued for many thousands of years. Creating feeds to grow fish has become a major industry in itself. One of the big issues in the aquaculture industry is cost and the problems that some aquaculture practices cause to the environment. In the United States at the Baltimore Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology the research they are carrying out could be the future of the aquaculture industry. The research using plant based feeds to grow fish instead of fishmeal is proving successful, the fish are grown in self contained tanks utilising recirculating water system. One of the main reasons for this research is that within 40 years the fish used for fishmeal could be depleted. So by growing fish on a plant based diet and releasing them back into the wild can go someway to restoring protein balance in the marine environment.


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ISA outbreak in BC causes First Nation to be fearful

The recent outbreak of salmon virus identified in British Columbia, has now been found in Fraser River salmon fueling Nanaimo First Nations fears of a looming disaster with BC salmon. A Seattle biologist is sounding the alarm after obtaining a leaked copy of a Canadian Food Inspection Agency report that he says identified salmon anemia virus in fish from a Fraser River tributary. Researchers at the Simon Fraser University have announced that test results confirmed the presence of of a marine influenza called infectious salmon anemia virus in two of 48 juvenile sockeye salmon collected in Rivers Inlet. Read more ...

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Spreading the benefits of natural enhancement of performance and disease control

Company information: CHEMOFORMA is a Swiss based producer of a unique range of innovative and pioneering feed supplements for aquaculture. All supplements are: -    maintaining general health -    enhancing development of young animals -    managing the deleterious effects of stress -    improving performance as well as productivity Upon challenging situations during rearing or growth of fish and crustaceans the demand for specific nutrients is drastically increased. Besides basic as well as essential nutrients sufficient amounts of the conditionally essential nucleotides must be available for physiological processes either requiring active multiplication of cells or involved in e.g. the repair of damaged cells or tissues. This increased demand for nucleotides is ensured by the addition of CHEMOFORMA’s unique formulations of natural active ingredients. The benefits are achieved by providing basic components for physiological processes that otherwise would be retarded or precluded. The products of CHEMOFORMA must be regarded as management tools with proven physiological benefits supporting increased performance, development and regeneration as well as facilitating immune response. They fit into the classification of nutraceuticals and must be considered essential for the development of functional feeds in aquaculture. Reflection of 2011: CHEMOFORMA has again successfully passed recertification according to GMP+B1 and ISO 9001:2008. The development of new products was initiated and appropriate trials are going on at the moment. Thoughts for 2012: For 2012 CHEMOFORMA is focusing on the extension of the worldwide network of distributors spreading the benefits of natural enhancement of performance and disease control as well as the usage of functional feeds in animal production to fulfil the consumer’s demand for high quality animal products without potentially harmful residues. CHEMOFORMA is looking forward to launch new and cost effective products for livestock industry and aquaculture.

BCSFA final argument at Cohen Inquiry

Fish Farmers for the BC salmon farmers association (BCSFA) have presented their final argument to the Cohen Commission. "This has been a long, in-depth process that has highlighted the complex questions around wild salmon survival," said Mary Ellen Walling, Executive Director of the BCSFA. "We hope it will assist British Columbians to have a better understanding of the seafood industry in their province." Read more ...



Cooke aquaculture charged for banned pesticide

Cooke aquaculture, owners of Kelly Cove Salmon have been charged by Environmental Canada for its alleged release of a banned pesticide into the marine environment. The alleged release of cypermethrin-based pesticide is harmful to crustaceans and may have caused the death of lobsters in 2009. The charges are the results of two investigations by Environmental Canada carried out on December 22, 2009 and February 10, 2010. Read more ...

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Are fish farms incubators of disease?

The Cohen commission has heard testimony for over 173 witnesses during the 125 days. Commissioner Bruce Cohen is due to write his report, and a key question is weather the salmon fish farms are incubators for disease that threaten wild stocks of salmon. During this commission the two opposing sides have argued and presented evidence to the commission. Gregory McDade, legal counsel for the Aquaculture Coalition "The real issue here is proof versus risk, the risk here is real. Don't wait for 10 years until this is proven and we have no fish left." But Alan Blair, counsel for the BC Salmon Farmers Association, said experts have already told the commission that properly managed aquaculture sites can co-exist with the marine environment. Read more ...

Vegetables fed to farmed fish may have residual pesticides

Today farmed fish accounts for 50 percent of all fish consumed, a new test is being used to detect pesticide residue in farmed fish, has shown how high the risk of contamination is. With the rising cost of fish feed in the world and the ever growing shortage of ingredients for fishmeal, aquaculture is turning to crops like soya, maize and rape to use in fish feed. It is believed that the contamination comes from the vegetable matter being fed to farmed fish. Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME in Schmallenberg have developed a system to test whether chemical substances accumulate in fish that are fed contaminated feed. Read more ...

Important amino acids for advanced animal nutrition

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Australia's Fraser coast gets investment

In Queensland Australia, the aquaculture industry is getting a boost as the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Regional Economies announced the release of a new plan that will provide a secured future for both the aquaculture companies and conservationists. Tim Mulherin said "the Great Sandy Regional Marine Aquaculture Plan aims to increase investment in low-impact marine aquaculture such as pearl, oyster and scallop farming". “The plan makes Queensland a more attractive place to invest in sustainable aquaculture by allowing economic and environmental certainty about the management of marine aquaculture in the Great Sandy region." Read more

Genetic approach could lead to treatment of ISA

Research scientist from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in America has provided the first look at the genetic structure that could play a critical role in the reproduction of the infectious salmon anemia virus (ISAV). At present the virus can be treated by a direct injection, into the fish, which is both time consuming and cumbersome as well as economically impractical. But with the possibility of of a vaccine that prevents the spread of the disease by interfering with the Viruses ability to replicate its genetic code. Read more ...

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Lallemand range of science-based, field-approved solutions for sustainable aquaculture. Lallemand Animal Nutrition has developed a range of microbial-based nutritional solutions to support performance and health of aquatic species in a natural way. Lallemand’s aquaculture solutions are based on specific yeast and bacteria strains grown in the company’s own production plants. Each product’s origin, safety and concentration are guaranteed. Development and validation of our products are based on scientific research and performance trials conducted in partnership with leading international research centres, universities and commercial firms around the world: Bactocell® (live bacteria strain Pediococcus acidilactici CNCM MA18/5M), the first probiotic strain authorised for use in aquaculture in the European Union. Performance trials have proven beneficial effects in terms of growth enhancement, feed utilisation, and improved resistance under challenging conditions in salmonids, shrimps and other marine fishes. Levucell® SB, a probiotic yeast strain (Saccharomyces cerevisiae var. boulardii CNCM 1079). Its modes of action in the gut are well understood, creating a real “shield effect”, reinforcing the microbial ecosystem and protecting the digestive tract. Levucell SB is also a source of beneficial nutrients particularly useful to promote the growth of certain aquaculture species. Alkosel®, a yeast product containing elevated levels of selenomethionine, the highest bioavailable form of selenium. Alkosel is recommended as a source of natural selenium for fish and shrimp production. Agrimos®, a concentrated source of yeast cell wall mannan-oligosaccharides (MOS) obtained through a specific production process guarantying its purity and consistent quality, and one of the highest MOS concentrations on the market. Laltide is a combination of available nucleotides specifically formulated for aquaculture applications, and particularly recommended during periods of intense metabolic needs. ®

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Asia Pacific dominates world aquaculture

Aquaculture is the world’s fastest-growing source of animal protein and currently provides nearly half of all fish consumed globally, according to a report published by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). The report World Aquaculture 2010 found that global production of fish from aquaculture grew more than 60 percent between 2000 and 2008, from 32.4 million tons to 52.5 million tons. It also forecasts that by 2012 more than 50 percent of the world’s food fish consumption will come from aquaculture. The Asia-Pacific region dominates the sector in 2008 it accounted for 89.1 percent of global production, with China alone contributing 62.3 percent. Read more ...

Zimbabwe launches fish farm initiative

A relief program being undertaken by Aquaculture Zimbabwe is set to benefit vulnerable communities from drought prone Masvingo and Chivi districts in Masvingo. Program Officer Garikaimose Tongowona says "the Integrated Agriculture Aquaculture For Sustainable Livelihoods initiative began in September 2011 and will run for the next 12 months". "For the rural poor, food security will require increased food production, which relies on reliable and sustainable production systems,” he said. "There is a pressing need to introduce low cost freshwater aquaculture production systems to help rural communities combat poverty while at the same time conserving their environment in a sound manner". Read more

Providing solutions to the problems wherever they occur

Meriden Animal Health recognises that, in general terms, despite the similarity of the problems faced by intensive livestock & aquaculture producers, factors such as environmental and climatic conditions create specific problems and requirements in each market. Meriden has structured its operations in pursuit of providing solutions to the problems wherever they occur. Quality - Meriden Animal Health’s principal production site is GMP licensed and its whole system is set up to adhere to the principle of total quality. Meriden ensures that all its products are produced from the finest ingredients. This, together with careful quality control of finished products, is intended to make the Meriden brands synonymous with quality all around the world. Technical Support - Meriden's technical team embrace the varied disciplines applicable to animal health. Their combined knowledge, hands-on experience and training provide Meriden's customers with a superb technical back-up service that takes into account the commercial considerations of the livestock & aquaculture producers. Aquaculture - Meriden’s 100 percent natural feed additive Orego-Stim® AQUATRACT products are ideal for use in aquaculture, especially if you are looking to boost immunity, increase bodyweight gain and improve liveability and FCR rates. Meriden has recently added an exclusive product range to their portfolio which mirrors optimal larval diets encountered in the wild. PHYCONOMIX is a range of 100 percent natural algae based products manufactured as a precision mixture engineered to fulfill the nutritional requirements of growing shrimp and fish larvae. Meriden has combined its manufacturing skills and highly extensive research to develop this exclusive innovative range of ready to use algae products. All PHYCONOMIX products are a unique combination of natural uni-cellular algae, is designed to fulfil the nutritional needs of growing Zoea and Mysis stages of Penaeid shrimp, Crab, Marine and Freshwater Fish. 12


Tuesday, November 15, 2011 Tasmania salmon growers seek to increase area The Minister for Primary Industries and water Bryan Green said today "public feedback was being sought on a proposal to increase the area available for salmon farming on Tasmania’s West Coast". He also said that "Tasmanian salmon growers were seeking to increase the lease area in Macquarie Harbour to facilitate further expansion of the industry. The rapid rise of Tasmania’s aquaculture industry has been a great success story and the potential for further growth is extremely positive news for the Tasmanian economy". David O’Byrne The Minister for Economic Development,, also acknowledged the importance of the industry to the state. “The salmon industry is identified as a priority sector in the states’ Economic Development Plan, contributing some NZ$152 million (€86.513 million) to Gross State Product". Read more …

CFIA and DFO announce no ISA virus in wild salmon

With recent events in British Columbia salmon fish farming community, where infectious salmon anaemia (ISA), was detected in farmed salmon that had escaped. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), in close collaboration with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), the Province of British Columbia and the Atlantic Veterinary College, have announced that after testing samples received as part of the original reports, that there was no evidence of the virus in the samples. An independent laboratory in Norway also tested samples connected with this investigation and got the same results. Read more ...

Specialised product lines for aquaculture

Nutri-Ad is a global prime supplier of specialty feed additives and ingredients based on state-of-the-art production technologies, flexible customer services, and continuous product development. Nutri-Ad’s Aquaculture Feed Additives Division works side-by-side with aquaculture feed producers and integrated aquaculture operations to allow them to reach better profitability, sustainability and product quality for the consumer. Nutriad’s team of aquafeed experts has over a decade of industrial experience in formulation and processing of aqua feed for different species and farming conditions. Continued research and development in specialised aquaculture test centers and in collaboration with aquaculture producers has resulted in a diversified product portfolio organised under five programs: (1) Performance Enhancement, covers key issues such as the replacement of marine ingredients, maximising feed cost efficiency by optimising feed conversion and minimising harmful waste effects in the environment; (2) Health and Well-being, centers around supporting good health condition in animals through reliable immunostimulants, anti-microbials, antiparasitics, ammonium binders, and key vitamins; (3) Preservation and Stabilisation, provides feed additives for avoiding spoilage of ingredients and finished feeds; (4) Feed & Food Safety for prevention of harmful effects developed by micro-organisms and toxins; (5) Sensory Improvement, for improving physical characteristics of aquafeed including water stability, smell and color. Specialised product lines for aquaculture include: AQUAGEST®: Improves digestibility and feed efficiency AQUABITE®: Enhances palatability and appetite SANACORE®: Promotes growth and productivity by maintaining a healthy gut microflora 13


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Thursday, November 17, 2011


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Vietnamese shrimp feed mill acquired by Cargill

A Vietnamese shrimp mill located in the south of Ho Chi Minh owned by Higashimaru Vietnam Co Ltd, has been purchased by Cargill Vietnam. The mill built in 2008 is strategically located near some of the largest commercial shrimp farms in Vietnam. This is Cargill first investment in Vietnam's shrimp industry and will add to Cargill existing feed portfolio, which includes swine, poultry and fish feed. Read more ...

Kenya Government to build fish processing factory

The Kenyan government is to build a fish processing factory in Kakamega town to help fish farmers earn more. The factory, the first to be established in Kakamega town since independence, was necessitated by the increased fish production in the county. The factory will be constructed at Lutonyi area. Kakamega County Fisheries Officer James Mahaja said that Kakamega was among seven other counties where the government had earmarked to put up value addition structures in the fishing industry. "We want to make fish farming a GDP item for the county because the pilot program has showed that the county has potential to sustain a fish factory". Read more ...

Natural ingredients for aqua feed

Sonac is a leading producer of reliable ingredients of animal origin. Thanks to an active Research & Development program, reliable processes and sustainable products, Sonac continuously responds to the changing market needs. By helping in improving recipes, techniques and processes, Sonac adds value in every case. A good geographical spread in locations and a wide range of fats, proteins, minerals and specialties make Sonac a partner for many international producers of medicines, food, pet food, compound feed and fertilisers, worldwide.

Natural ingredients for aqua feed

Whether you’re looking for a natural EU and USDA approved pellet binder for your production of stable pellets or nature’s best alternatives for fish meal, you can contact Sonac. Sonac produces valuable and essential ingredients for the production of aqua feed. Pro-Bind Plus a nutritional, gelatin based pellet binder, especially for pelleted (shrimp) feed. Blood meal a fish meal alternative, especially for carnivorous fish species. Material Handling & Electronic Components for all Applications • Hazard Monitors • Level Controls • Elevator Buckets & Bolts • Belts & Fasteners • Forged Chains & Sprockets

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Friday, November 18, 2011

China's sustainable aquaculture operations with AgriMarine

AgriMarine the world leaders in floating solid wall containment technology, have reported that there has been a steady harvest of Salmon and Trout from its Benxi rearing facility. With over 100,000 Chinook salmon now in production, an additional 600,000 Chinook and Coho juveniles in the hatchery, a steady supply of salmon trout and more tanks being deployed, the Company is increasing production capacity for fish sales by 100 percent. "Our fifth floating solid-wall closed containment tank at Benxi is already in the water and we are now working to deploy our sixth tank in early 2012. Although Norwegian salmon prices have dropped in the last couple of months, our Eco-Salmon(TM) is being recognised for its freshness, superior taste and environmentally sustainable rearing practices," said Richard Buchanan, President and CEO of AgriMarine. "We are seeing more awareness of eco-labels and certifications than ever before." Read more ...

A strong expertise in the fields of hydrolysis and nutrition

Aquativ is the international specialist of the conception, manufacturing and sales of functional hydrolysates dedicated to fish and shrimp feed. A strong expertise in the fields of hydrolysis and nutrition together with a unique international sales and production network allow Aquativ to provide feed manufacturers with competitive and local products under its commercial brand ACTIPALTM. Aquativ functional hydrolysates have three essential attributes generating aquafeed performance improvement thus farming productivity enhancement: Palatable: functional hydrolysates are naturally attractant and allow feed intake increase Nutritional : functional hydrolysates contain nutritional elements easily assimilated by the animal improving FCR Functional  : functional hydrolysates stimulate the animal growth mechanisms increasing biomass production The superior performance of ACTIPALTM range of functional hydrolysates is principally due to their high content of Natural Active NutrientsTM (NAN) which boosts animal growth. These NAN are low molecular weight active compounds mainly composed of active peptides, amino acids and nucleotides, generated through a smooth hydrolysis process that avoids protein denaturation and preserves the raw material complete and balanced nutritional profile. Aquativ functional hydrolysates can be used: To increase Natural Active NutrientsTM level in the feed formula To boost feed performance To offset fishmeal quality variation In substitution for fish meal     To restore an efficient Natural Active NutrientsTM level To maintain feed performance            



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Environmental Canada charge Cooke officials

The CEO of Cooke Aquaculture; Mike Szemerda, the Vice President of Cooke Aquaculture, and Randal Griffin, Regional Production Manager of Kelly Cove Salmon were each charged, by Environment Canada (EC), with 11 counts for allegedly violating Section 36 (3) of the Fisheries Act. This section of the Act prohibits the deposit of a substance that is harmful to fish into fish-bearing waters. “These investigations were conducted into the cause of dead and dying lobsters and the alleged use of a cypermethrin-based pesticide into the waters adjacent to aquaculture sites near Grand Mannan Island and Deer Island, New Brunswick. “The investigations had stemmed from lobster kills that were reported to EC in November and December of 2009 respectively.” Read more ...

Monday, November 21, 2011

International sea lice seminars hosted in Scotland

Scotland has hosted two International seminars on sea lice, the main focus of the seminars has been about sharing new knowledge and scientific understanding of sea lice. Professor Phil Thomas, Chairman of Scottish Salmon Producers' Organisation (SSPO), said: “Sea lice are endemic natural parasites of wild salmon, sea trout and other marine fish species, so there is always some risk of farmed fish being exposed to them. However, research developments are offering new and innovative ways to reduce the risk of sea lice transfer to farmed fish and to control any transfer that might occur.” Read moreSkretting Australasian Aquacul-

ture 2012, with the theme of ‘The Next Ten Years’

On May 1-4, 2012, the Skretting Australasian Aquaculture 2012 International Conference and Trade Show will be held at the '6 Star Green Star' Convention facility, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. “The 2012 Australasian Aquaculture program will provide plenty of thought provoking commentary about the current state of the industry and where it is headed as we address the conference theme of ‘The Next Ten Years”. Program Chair, Dr Geoff Allan, said “Collaborative events like this are an excellent opportunity to learn from each other while showcasing the best that our industry has to offer.” Read more ...

Always Changing To Meet Customer Need

Back in 1935, when Wenger was established as a local manufacturer of mixers and feed milling machinery, the company’s main objective was to add value and palatability to low-quality feed. Today, as the world’s leading supplier of aquatic and pet food processing systems, Wenger is helping customers meet a new, more-timely list of objectives, like increasing production rates, lowering energy costs and expanding viable recipe options. In 2010 alone, Wenger introduced 23 new innovations and was issued 11 new patents in response to rapidly changing needs in the industry. 17


Innovative designs   Available in both single screw and twin screw configurations, Wenger extruders boast capacities as high as 22 ton/hour. Two new innovations, Wenger diverging cone screws and oblique die technologies make extrusion the superior choice for production of even high capacity micro aquatic feeds.    Knowledge, research, training and support  Wenger customers have access to the 2,500-square-meter Wenger Technical Center for testing ideas and formulas. Wenger technical support also includes pre- and post-installation engineering assistance, operator training and on-site attention to quality control and operational needs. Extensive inventories of replacement parts are maintained for prompt shipment to customers. Service after the sale is standard with Wenger products. Operating around the globe Wenger engineering, manufacturing, research and administrative facilities are located at the company’s Sabetha, Kansas, USA headquarters. Plus, Wenger extension research sites are available at a number of universities and research centers around the world. Sales and service is available through Wenger offices in Kansas City, Missouri; UK; Taiwan; Brazil; Belgium, and China, as well as independent agents in strategic locations around the world. In fact, Wenger serves producers of hundreds of different agri-food products in more than 90 countries. For more information visit:

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Concerns for Sound community over proposed salmon farms Eight proposed salmon farms in an area where aquaculture is now banned, is causing major concern for the communities of Sound in New Zealand. An eco tourism operator has come out saying that the communities should get together to talk about the proposed site for eight new salmon farms. The company that has applied to build these farms is New Zealand's King Salmon. Tui Nature Reserve owner Brian Plaisier said he had grave concerns over the speed at which King Salmon's application was likely to be processed. He went on to say, "We're asking decisionmakers to be very careful about the future of the Sounds. If there's going to be a positive outcome for King Salmon's application then we see there being a lot more following suit". Read more ...

EWOS a major milestone one million tons produced

EWOS a leading supplier of feed and nutrition for the international aquaculture industry, is celebrating a major milestone, after reaching one million tons of production in a year for the first time in history. They have seen feed sales grow in line with demand for farmed fish, around the world. Alf Helge Arskog, formerly with EWOS Norway and now CEO of Marine Harvest, the world’s largest fish farming company, stated: “I am very impressed that EWOS has reached 1 million tons of feed production in a year for the first time. This milestone reflects the enormous growth in the industry and the great importance of EWOS, both as a feed supplier and a strong contributor to the development of our industry”. Read more ...

Ready to meet new challenges in the future

Wynveen International BV is a Dutch based producer of a high professional range of machines for production of fish feed, pet food and animal feed. Our versatility in feed processing allows us to advise and recommend the correct solution for your applications. From raw material processing, mixing and extruding/pelleting to drying.



Our dual approach of being both a machine manufacturer and/or a turn key supplier, enables us to provide our customers with a wide product range and the solution(s) they need. We deliver hammer mills, cryloc sifters, mixers, coaters, dosing systems (micro, midi and intake), all kinds of conveying equipment and complete pellet/cooling/drying lines. Beside delivery of our equipment we also install it on site making use of a broad team of highly skilled and experienced supervisors. Within our organisation we facilitate our projects with an experienced engineering staff, working with both 2D and 3D designs. Whether it is a sole engineering job or a complete feed mill design, our expertise will serve you to the best. Our production facilities make use of latest technologies to ensure high quality finish, to suit the demands in aqua feed industry. These are a.o. dust tightness, pellet friendly and yet high capacity. Reflection of 2011: Wynveen International BV has successfully completed their new premises. By doubling her offices and production floor, Wynveen International BV is ready to meet the new challenges in the future. With our international approach, we look forward to present to you our possibilities on a word wide level. Of course you are also most welcome to visit us. Thought for 2012: Wynveen International BV is looking forward to launch new innovative and cost effective products for the aquaculture and livestock industry. Hereby we focus on an improved Hammer mill to meet higher capacities combined with fine grinding and to a new coater design with bomb doors suitable to stand vacuum without making use of an under hopper.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011 Pesticide charges raise worries over aquaculture Cooke aquaculture one of Canada largest aquaculture companies has raised concerns over the use of a banned pesticide cypermethrin. Three executive of Cooke's have been charged with 11 counts each of violating the Canada Fisheries Act. The pesticide which resulted in a wave of lobster deaths, is used to treat sea lice infestation in the US but is banned in Canada. “I can tell you that the substance they are talking about is something that is used regularly for agricultural purposes and on golf courses. Salmon farmers in many other countries are authorised to use it. We continue to encourage our governments to approve the treatment and management tools that our fish health and farming teams need to protect the health of our fish,� said Cooke CEO Glenn Cooke. Read more ...

Aquaculture project impresses minister in Namibia

An aquaculture project in Namibia, has impressed the deputy minister of fisheries and marine resources Kilus Nguvauva. Nguvauva believes that the project shows that Namibia has great potential for development of fresh water aquaculture. It is believed that this kind of aquaculture can provide a resource that will eradicate poverty and hunger in the region as well as providing high animal protein food, employment and additional income for rural communities. "However, we have challenges such as relevant expertise on capacity building and with this, we would like to learn best practices from Malaysia," Nguvauva said. Read more ...

Supporting sustainable aquaculture, enabling growth

Aquaculture is the fastest growing food production system in the world and it places high demands on sustainability and safety. Meet these challenges and capitalise on growth opportunities with our BOLIFORÂŽ products for sustainable aquaculture.



Our BOLIFOR® AQUA, BOLIFOR® MSP and BOLIFOR® MCP feed phosphates ensure the highest available phosphate sources for aquaculture diets with the highest biological digestibility. This lets you accurately meet, without exceeding, the requirements of fish and shrimp minimising excretion of excess phosphorous into the water environment, and reducing feed supplement cost and environmental impact. Our BOLIFOR® FA 2300S is the optimal feed acidifier, consisting of a unique formula of organic acids precisely encapsulated by a carrier of Diatomaceous Earth and protected by a sorbic acid coating. Developed by a dedicated team of chemists and nutritionists, this patented system acts as an excellent feed preservative and promotes better overall animal health and performance. Yara international ASA is the world´s leading chemical company in converting energy, natural minerals and nitrogen from air into essential products for farmers and industrial customers. Yara Feed Phosphates, a division of Yara International ASA since 2007, produces and sells inorganic feed phosphates under the BOLIFOR® trademark. Global sales presence: Yara´s complete, world-class global sales, sourcing and distribution network enable us to create sustainable solutions for your business and to capitalise on the future together. Business model: Our self-sufficient business model, with our fully integrated mine-to-market concept, enables reliable availability and outstanding quality control. Quality: Yara´s mining operation in Finland makes Yara Feed Phosphates the most reliable supplier in market and guarantees a final product with the lowest content of undesirable elements available on the market.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

The booming green freshwater industry in eastern Chin

In eastern China's Jiangsu province they have recently started harvesting seafood, Ganyu is one of the centers of a booming green freshwater industry that has helped to transform Ganyu County into a producer and the fastest growing supplier of freshwater fish in China. The area where freshwater aquaculture is carried out totals more than 16,666.7 hectares with an annual output of 400,000 tons. The produce from this venture supplies the markets of Beijing, Shanghai and Nanjing. Read more ...

Aquafeed Platform AMERICAS - 11th Practical Short Courses

Trends and Markets in Aquaculture Feed Ingredients, Nutrition, Formulation and Optimised Feed Production and Quality Management. More than 800 people from over 400 companies and over 60 countries participated in the Aquaculture Feed Extrusion, Nutrition & Feed Formulation program in the last seven years. Smart short courses now brings this exciting program to Latin America. This is a crash course for new plant personal and opportunity for those who are experienced to meet experts in the field to discuss their current problems to enhance their plant operations. The course material will also serve as a useful reference for processors, product formulators, chemists and technicians as well as business managers familiar with aquafeed, extrusion, nutrition and feed management. This is the only extensive program that covers a wide range of topics with specific practical aspects!





This is a crash course for new plant personal and opportunity for those who are experienced to meet experts in the field to discuss their current problems to enhance their plant operations. The course material will also serve as a useful reference for processors, product formulators, chemists and technicians as well as business managers familiar with aquafeed, extrusion, nutrition and feed management. This is the only extensive program that covers a wide range of topics with specific practical aspects! Costa Rica Marriott Hotel San Jose, February 2-3, 2012 With simultaneous translation Spanish/English.

Friday, November 25, 2011

What if environmentalists have it backwards?

Ocean farming is not a modern innovation, cultures as diverse as the ancient Egyptians, Romans, Aztecs and Chinese have farmed finfish, shellfish, and aquatic plants. For decades environmentalists have fought to save our oceans, from pollution and over fishing. But here is a thought what if we have the question wrong, not how can we save the oceans, but rather how the oceans can save us? The nature of the industry has been moving towards a more sustainable method, and now in the 21 century, aquaculture has moved into a self contained system that is more environmentally friendly. Seaweed farms are growing and we are slowly looking at trying to return nutrients to the oceans. Read more ...

Protein feed alternative the humble maggot

A South African entrepreneur along with his environmentalist brother have established a pilot plant near Stellenbosch in the Western Cape to convert maggots (Fly larva) into an alternative protein source for livestock and fish feed. The larvae are fed on abundant waste nutrient source, then millions of the larvae are converted into a rich protein powder that can be used to supplement the diets of commercial livestock and fish diets. Agriprotein Technologies is pioneering the industrialisation of maggot farming as part of a “new industry called nutrient recycling: using organic waste to create protein” the core of which is a “protein-based feed [derived from maggots] for monogastric [single stomach] animals…. varying neither in protein content nor amino acid composition.” Read more ..

BC's salmon farms release latest bycatch figures

BC salmon farmers released the latest figures regarding catch of wild fish. The amount of bycatch from BC's salmon farms represented less than 0.001 percent of the industry's harvest in quarter two of 2011, according to numbers released by the BC Salmon Farmers Association. "Our farmers have implemented important practices to minimise the amount of incidental catch that happens during harvest," said Mary Ellen Walling. "These numbers really show how small that interaction has become as a result of changes that safely separate wild fish from farm stock during handling events." Read more ...

Monday, November 28, 2011

Not only a hobby, but a primary industry

In a region called Jeju, in Korea, where fishing is not only a pastime to while away lazy days, but a major industry, that brought in revenues of 766 billion won (US$668 million) into last years economy. But many are moving away from the traditional kinds of fishing, and opting for the safer option, aquaculture or fish farming as its commonly known. On Jeju there are 338 coastal farms, 27 offshore, 93 fish egg nurseries. Aquaculture as an industry only became popular around the mid 1980's. Read more ...



Scottish anglers angered at sponsorship deal

The Scottish Anglers National Association (SANA), has agreed a sponsorship deal with the Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) thought to be worth about UK£12000 (US$18,632.586), this news has outraged some members within the the Scottish Anglers National Association and has prompted one angling club, and a former SANA president, to resign from the Scottish Government-recognised body. Read more ...

NPC welcomes visit from French consulate

The National Prawn Company (NPC), one of the world’s largest integrated prawn farms, welcomed an official visit from the French Consulate of Jeddah and Jeddah Saudi French Business Group recently. The Business group spent the day and toured the site. The delegation witnessed various other production processes throughout the day and were briefed on the sustainability and ecological ideas. Read more ...

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Marine Harvest cuts job as salmon prices drop

Marine Harvest is cutting up to 60 jobs, around the Campbell River area to cut costs as the price of salmon goes down. This decline in the price of salmon is in part due to a global down turn. 20 employees so far have been laid off, their role was mainly administrative at the company Vancouver Island base. "There are plans for another 30 to 40 production staff to be cut" said spokesman Ian Roberts adding "That will take place over the next 12 months as we don't stock certain farms. We are hoping and expecting that most of that is just through regular attrition." Read more ...

Aquaculture New Zealand seeks new Chief Executive

Aquaculture New Zealand is the voice of the aquaculture industry in New Zealand, is seeking a new Chief Executive, they are looking for an Inspirational Leader in an exciting growth industry. An exciting opportunity now exists for an outstanding individual to provide the aquaculture sector and the Board and management of Aquaculture New Zealand with the leadership to implement the next phase of the sector’s growth strategy. This is a real opportunity to apply your passion, professionalism and knowledge to make a significant, meaningful impact on the future growth of this exciting sector of New Zealand’s economy. Read more ...

UK: FSA research shows Norovirus levels in Oysters

Research published by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) indicates that 76 percent of oysters tested from the UK Oyster growing beds contained norovirus. In more than half the samples the levels of the virus were at low levels (52 percent). Andrew Wadge, Chief Scientist at the Food Standards Agency, said: "This research is the first of its kind in the UK. It will be important to help improve the knowledge of the levels of norovirus found in shellfish at production sites. The results, along with data from other research, will help us work with producers to find ways to reduce the levels of norovirus in shellfish, and work within Europe to establish safe levels." Read more ...



Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Aquaculture to get federal fund boost in Rio de Janeiro

Brazils, Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture (MPA) have signed two agreements with the city of Angra dos Reis totaling BRL325,000 (US$171,900), these agreements are to encourage aquaculture development in the region of Costa Verde of Rio de Janeiro State. As Part of the agreement that has been signed, the creation of a production center, that will contain ten tanks with the capacity to produce 36 tons per year. Read more ...

Aquaculture policy framework in India needs experts to exchange idea's

There is a need for experts and policy makers to exchange ideas, to develop the growth of the aquaculture sector according to Mr Tarun Shridhar, Joint Secretary of the Union Ministry of Agriculture. Speaking at the inauguration of the eighth symposium on ‘Diseases in Asian aquaculture', jointly organised by the Fish Health Section of the Asian Fisheries Society and the College of Fisheries in Mangalore on Monday, he said that policy makers are trying to come out with policies with their limited resources and knowledge. Read more ...

Global aquaculture 2010

In the last 10 years global aquaculture has grown substantially, reaching 52.5 million tons in 2008 compared with 32.4 million tons in 2000. The report from the FAO give an overview of world aquaculture. Aquaculture continues to be the fastest growing animal food sector, aquaculture accounts for nearly half of the worlds food fish consumption (45.6 percent). The growth in volume and value of aquaculture production in the past 10 years has made a positive contribution to national, regional and global economies. Read more ...




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