Croeso - welcome
I have just returned from Cape Town, South Africa attending the World Aquaculture Society meeting of 2017. Superbly organised by the committee as usual, it was a very well attended forum, so great credit to all those involved in bringing this conference to Africa for International Aquafeed Editor the first time. It also augers Professor Simon Davies well for the future and I hope I will have this excuse again to visit the continent and see the many different forms of aquaculture practiced in the nations. I was highly appreciative of the wonderful welcome and the chance to meet so many friends and colleagues as well as some of my PhD students and other students from the past who are now well established in good jobs and making progress. Head over to our Group president, Darren Parris’s report on the show in this edition and keep your eyes peeled for I hope to report in more detail on the conference venue in the next issue. After a very long flight, I had a day’s rest before making my way to a facility to help my student, based at Harper Adams University, to sample some fish as part of his nutrition project. I am pleased to engage in many projects that I will be able to share in the future through articles and features for inclusion in the magazine. On July 1, 2017, I marked 31 years in full time academia and this still allows me much opportunity to travel internationally and develop links and collaborative projects in order to provide a robust environment for my students, bridging their academic attainment with the needs of industry. As the leader of our Aquaculture Masters programmes in Harper Adams University, I would like to say we still have room for keen
students for this academic year’s entry. Turning to the magazine at hand, in the current issue we continue to make headway in presenting all the contemporary news and reports from the Aquafeed sector with our international outlook. Our articles reflect the latest technological and scientific developments of the industry such as our first feature, which demonstrates how the impact of an Enteromyxum leeei can reduce infection performance and disease severity. On the road again, turn to the ‘Empyreal 75’ article to discover what we learnt about Cargill’s new and revolutionary vegetable protein whilst touring their facility in the USA. Likewise, learn from Associate Professor at the University of Tasmania, Greg Smith, how Spiny lobster aquaculture is a dream soon to become a reality. Or if you have an eye on technology, head over to our three articles on C-Dome technology, RAS Salmon farming and the significance of abrasion and UV resistant nets. Finally, if you’re making your way to AquaNor this August, be sure to read our interview with Liv Holmefjord, Director General of Fisheries, for the Directorate of Fisheries in Norway about what makes Norway’s aquaculture industry unique and what you can expect to see at this year’s show. We are now in mid-summer, and both Europe and the USA have seen some high temperatures that are not always so good for our temperate fish species. Technological developments in RAS closed systems is making rapid progress and I was privileged to recently visit the London based company Grow-Up Urban Aquaponics growing tilapia and high vale salad plants. Aquaponics is quite specialised and has not been featured much before, so I will discuss this in a future issue. Please enjoy this summer season issue and keep the articles and reports coming!
IN THIS ISSUE FISH FARMING TECHNOLOGY
AQUAFEED ADDITIVES: Functional feed additives - page 14
C-DOME: Innovation never sleeps - page 36
PROTEIN: a protein for our future - Empyreal 75 - page 20
RAS: An alternative way forward for Salmon production - page 33
ROTIFERS: Feeds for easy and efficient production of nutritionally optimised rotifers - page 24
NETS: The benefits of abrasion and UV resistance nets - page 42
NEWS: First industrial scale insect processing plant in Europe - page 4
EXPERT TOPIC: Lobster - page 30 The spiny lobster, or alternatively known as the rock lobster or crayfish, are a family of around 60 species of achelate crustaceans, in the Decapoda Reptantia within the class Malacostraca.