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Heliae and Syndel: Unlocking the potential of algae

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Antonio Garza de Yta

Expect great events for aquaculture in 2017 ear readers of International Aquafeed, I wish you all a very warm greeting and my best wishes for the remainder of 2017. For reasons beyond my control I could not write for the latest editions, however, hopefully, I shall be with you continuously from this edition. This year is undoubtedly full of interesting events, beginning with the North American chapter of the World’s Society of Aquaculture. This is where I am writing and where the economic recovery of the activity is noted, as well as how it has evolved. I am not really surprised by the number of people involved in the cultivation of bivalve molluscs and all the equipment that is offered for the mechanisation of production systems, the most sustainable form of animal protein production. Personally, I always thought that these crops did not offer an option for producers of formulated food, but as on many other occasions private initiative and ingenuity showed that I was wrong. I was impacted by the amount of products that are used fir the substation of algae within the seed-producing laboratories. I will try some of them in our new experimental laboratory for oyster breeding. On the WAS side this year we will also have three very interesting events. The first of all will be the world convention in South Africa, which will take place from June 2630 in Cape Town. This is the first time that the WAS World Event takes place on the African continent. I hope that this is the first of many and that we will see how Africa begins to produce the levels of aquaculture of which it is capable. Also, that serves for the formation of the African chapter within this society. The second event will be held a little less than a month from the first, but do to their location and recent history we are sure to be a success. This is the WAS Asia-Pacific chapter event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from July 24-27. The event of this chapter is expected to exceed all expectations; of course it seems appropriate to give the biggest congratulations for this group that has transformed the Society in that region. Finally, to close with a snap, the event of the Latin American and Caribbean chapter, to be organised by LACQUA 2017 in Mazatlán, Sinaloa from November 7-10, will be held. This will be the watershed of LACQUA, which was created in Villavicencio Columbia, passed through Guadalajara, Mexico and Fortaleza, Brazil, and had a great success in Lima, Peru, just in November last year. Now, as an independent event, it will seek to consolidate itself in Mexico and begin to create its own history. LACQUA differs from other WAS events in that it is the only one that does not have English as an official language, but does Spanish and Portuguese, languages used by 98% of the inhabitants of the event region. This is something, which is necessary in order to be able to truly bring academia closer to producers, service providers and decision makers. It is a unique event that has matured enough to be able to walk alone and shows as the headquarters of the exchange of knowledge and professional experiences within Latin America and the Caribbean. Let us take it as our own, support our region, participate and grow together, to become part of it. I would like to conclude but inviting you to participate with us by sending us articles of interest to be included in the next editions of this magazine. I am sure that there is a great deal of work in Latin America and the Caribbean that is of great use to the world aquaculture industry. I look forward to your contributions and your enthusiastic collaboration. Antonio Garza de Yta, Ph.D in Aquaculture from Auburn University, President of Aquaculture Global Consulting, Director World Aquaculture Society and creator of the Certification for Aquaculture Professional (CAP) Program. 8 | March 2017 - International Aquafeed

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he merger of Heliae’s algae production expertise with Syndel’s product development and marketing experience brings a new, affordable source of DHA to aquaculture feed formulators. Heliae and Syndel have announced the signing of an exclusive distribution agreement to supply the aquaculture market with Nymega™, a new DHA precision formulation ingredient for feed formulators. The partnership between Heliae and Syndel creates new opportunities to bring algae products to aquaculture feed formulation. Syndel’s established distribution channels allow Heliae, a leader in algae production technology, to expand its ability to unlock the potential of algae within the aquaculture feed market. As the global demand for fish increases, the aquaculture is industry on the rise. The global aquaculture market is valued at over $160B and according to market research is expected to grow steadily at an estimated CAGR between 3-5 percent through 2020. However, this is an industry facing multiple challenges. As sustainability pressure on fisheries increases and feed formulators search for replacement sources of long chain, highly unsaturated fatty acids (LC-HUFAs) to feed farmed fish, new, reliable and affordable sources of omega-3 fatty acids are required. DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) is an omega-3 fatty acid key to both fish and human health. The prime source of DHA in the human diet is from consumption of DHA-rich fish such as salmon. However due to the replacement of fishmeal and fish oil with plant-based materials low in DHA in formulated feeds, the content of DHA in farmed salmon has been in decline. “Nymega is a DHA-rich algae that provides a precision tool for targeting DHA levels in feed”, says Len Smith, Chief Business Officer at Heliae.

MAR 2017 - International Aquafeed magazine  
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