Sunday, November 19, 2017

20/11/2017: Aker BioMarine receives SFP ‘A’ rating third year in a row

The sustainable fisheries partnership ranks Aker BioMarine’s operations as in “Very Good Condition”

For the third year in a row, the krill fishery in the Antarctic received an “A” rating from The Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP).

Cilia Holmes Indahl
Image credit: Aker BioMarine
The Reduction Fisheries: SFP Fisheries Sustainability Overview 2017 analysed 20 of the most significant fisheries used for the production of fishmeal or fish oil and assessed the sustainability of the current management regimes.

Similar to the findings in previous years, only 2.2 percent of the total catch volume of the reduction fisheries in this analysis came from stocks in “very good condition” and this corresponds to a single fishery: Antarctic krill - Atlantic Southern Ocean.

81 percent of the total catch volume comes from stocks that are reasonably well managed, an improvement from last year, where only 57.4 percent of the fisheries received that rating.

“The report shows a significant improvement for several other fisheries from last year, which is proof that many participants in the fishing industry are serious about doing business the right way,” says Cilia Holmes Indahl, Director Sustainability at Aker BioMarine.

“As a sustainability frontrunner, we are very satisfied that others are following. We have openly shared our data and expertise to drive positive change in the industry and take the right steps to ensure that the fisheries take responsibility for the ecosystems in which they harvest. We need omega-3s for our overall health and the all hands on deck approach to sustainability helps us balance our work for improving human health with taking care of the environment.”

The Sustainable Fisheries Partnership is a young and dynamic, business-focused NGO (non-governmental organization) that is helping to reshape the world of corporate responsibility by allowing companies to directly engage with suppliers of natural resources.

As part of the SFP’s mission to assess and improve the needs of sustainability, the organization analysed data from 20 stocks from 13 species and two main groups (fish and crustaceans), rated according to the sustainability assessment presented on FishSource.

The full report titled Reduction Fisheries: SFP Fisheries Sustainability Overview 2017, can be found, HERE.

Visit the Aker BioMarine website, HERE.

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20/11/2017: World Aquaculture 2020

The World Aquaculture Society (WAS) has announced the World Aquaculture 2020 (WA2020) international conference and exhibitions from the 8th of June to the 12th of June, 2020

The conference will be organised in collaboration with industry associations, tertiary institutions, Singapore Tourism Board, and the Singaporean government and will be held at the Singapore EXPO Convention and Exhibition Centre in Singapore.
The WA2020 signing Ceremony was held on October 2, 2017 in Singapore with attendance of Mr John Cooksey, WAS Director of Conference, Mr Aloysius Arlando, CEO, SingEx Venues Pte Ltd, Dr Farshad Shishehchian, Co-chair of WA2020 Steering Committee and WAS-Asian Pacific Chapter Past President, and Dr Guillaume Drillet, WAS-Asian Pacific Chapter, President.

The First WA2020 steering committee coincided on the same day. Many stakeholders including international academic experts, industry and government representatives, as well as the organisers participated in the meeting, sharing their expertise, and working together to organise the WA2020.

This meeting and the signing ceremony mark a significant step forward for this international mega event in Singapore.

Email Mr John Cooksey ( for conference, and Mr Mario Stael ( at for the tradeshow and sponsorships details.

Visit the WAS website for more details, HERE.

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20/11/2017: Alltech Coppens – The grand opening

“Opportunities of a lifetime... need to be taken... in the lifetime of the opportunity”

The Alltech Coppens Aqua Centre officially opened its doors after an impressive refurbishment, and International Aquafeed were there to witness it.

Based in The Netherlands, the innovation centre received more than EU€600,000 in investment and is designed to accelerate the research capabilities of the leading animal health and nutrition company, Alltech and its aquaculture specialist subsidiary, Coppens International.

It will be home to an expanded team of aqua researchers dedicated to the development of new applications in aqua feed.

This report follows the insightful presentations from Coppen’s CEO, Patrick Charlton as well as Alltech’s CEO, Alric Blake – alongside industry experts who are focusing on the exciting potential of this collaborative effort to pioneer feed solutions for aqua producers worldwide.

This issue also see’s an in-depth interview at the back of this publication with Mr Charlton, future issues will to see host to thorough and comprehensive interviews featured with Ben Lamberigts, Manager Quality, Research and Nutrition, Coppens International and Dr Philip Lyons, PhD Research Scientist, Coppens International.

Read the report in the November edition of International Aquafeed magazine, HERE.

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Zhengchang company profile

Zhengchang, established in 1918, has made constant innovations in feed machinery industry and accumulated a wealth of experience in tackling the various challenges facing feed companies and, more importantly, is able to offer a range of comprehensive solutions.
Zhengchang has now evolved into China’s largest manufacture of feed machinery and has 16 branches in China with over 1300 staff and more than thirty offices all over the world. 

Zhengchang to date has successfully constructed more than 2000 turnkey projects world around the world, covering fields of poultry and livestock feed, aquatic feed, pet feed, premix feed, sawdust pellet, fertiliser, silo storage, pasture, electrical control and garbage treatment, etc.

Zhengchang projects are designed to deliver to the client higher feed quality, higher overall capacity and more profits. 
Zhengchang have conquered challenges one after another for the customers and accumulated rich experience over the past 90 years.

They are now making great endeavors to apply their latest achievements to feed, pasture, environment protection, fertilizer, sawdust shaping industries.

Zhengchang is more than a professional partner who can provide advanced machinery, technology and management ideas.

It is also a true problem solver who knows you well during your development. Zhengchang is with you every step of the way.

Visit the website HERE.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

17/11/2017: IFFO announces incoming President and Vice President

Following elections for the new IFFO Management Board (starting 1st January 2018), IFFO is pleased to announce that the incoming President is Eduardo Goycoolea and Vice President is Anne Mette Bæk Jespersen

Eduardo Goycoolea
Image credit: IFFO
IFFO’s Producer members elected representatives for their countries to the board in September and the President and Vice President were confirmed at the IFFO Board Meeting on 23rd October.

The full Management Board for 2018-2019 is as follows:

• Peru: Humberto Speziani, Walter Martinez, Gonzalo De Romaña and Fernando Ribaudo
• Chile: Felipe Zaldivar, Eduardo Goycoolea, and Juan Carlos Ferrer
• Denmark: Anne Mette Bæk Jespersen
• Norway: Arnt-Ove Hoddevik
• Iceland: Johann Peter Andersen
• USA: Jostein Rortveit
• Rest of the World: Mike Copeland and Helge Korsager

Following his appointment, incoming President Eduardo Goycoolea stated “I look forward to leading such a well renowned and important organisation. I have worked closely with IFFO for decades and watched it become the networking heart of our industry, while also being a driver for change. Working with our Management Board and the IFFO Secretariat, I hope to continue its vital work to ensure that as an industry we remain ahead of the curve.”

Anne Mette Bæk Jesperse
Image credit: IFFO
Incoming Vice President Anne Mette Bæk Jespersen noted, ”innovation and sustainability and getting the right products to the right markets are key to the future development of the fishmeal and fish oil industry. I consider international cooperation vital for the long term success of the industry and I look forward to working closely with the president, the board and the secretariat in the interest of all IFFO members”

IFFO’s Director General Andrew Mallison said, “I would like to congratulate both Eduardo and Anne Mette on their appointments and we look forward to working closely with them. I would also like to thank our current President Mike Copeland, who with his many years of experience in the industry has been an excellent guide and representative for IFFO through these fast moving couple of years.”

Visit the IFFO website, HERE.

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17/11/2017: Fish production in Israel

by Harm Klein, Feed Consultant, Zemach, Netherlands

In Israel yearly approximately 20,000 tonnes of fish is produced, land-based and offshore; mainly seabass, carp and Tilapia

Because of the lack of fresh water, the production of fish per ha., water-area is the highest in the world. The veterinary quality control is on high level because of the intensive breeding chain. Zemach is the main producer of aquafeed in the country.

Zemach Feed Mill, in Israel, produces fish feed, animal feed and pet food with a no-nonsense attitude and an emphasis on serving clients, both in Israel and abroad. It is a good example of a plant that can produce both aquafeed and other kinds of animal feed, all with great success.

The plant is situated on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, at its southern point, where the lake flows into the Jordan River. About 20 years ago, 15 members of this co-operative asked Zemach to produce aquafeed, resulting in today’s modern plant.

During a visit to the aquafeed plant in the Galilee region in Israel, we met Mr Asher Braun, V.P. Nutrition and Mr Yizhaq Tal, V.P. Operations (see Braun and Tal). Both of who can boast vast experience in this market. The complete team of the fish feed department counts eight employees.

The Israeli market
In the early years of Zemach Feed Mill, circa. 1965, fish feed was not produced in the country at all. There were only imported products. Years later the members of the cooperative at Zemach were dissatisfied with the quality, price and availability of the imported products.

Zemach start producing pelleted fish feed and later on their fish feed line was built and the first extruded aquafeed was produced, just before this millennium. For several years, Zemach was the only producer in the country.

Nowadays, of the three local producers, Zemach is by far the biggest. Up to several years ago apart from the growers near Bet Shean 20 km away and those in the Northern coastal region, there was a large concentration of fish production in the Red Sea, close to Eilat.

However, intensive fish farming in this area caused damage to the coral and consequently the fish cages were moved to the harbour of Ashdod; open water connected to the Mediterranean Sea. Today, also in the Negev desert, as example an intensive farm produces 2.000 tons of seabream annually. Weekly several trucks are delivering the high quality feed.

Production quantities
Today, the production volume is under strain because of several threats: the dollar rate, the termination of import taxes on fresh and frozen fish and the stronger environmental regulations, none of which is beneficial for the market.

70 percent of the aquafeed is for local growers, the rest of the feed is exported to countries in Africa, South America and South East Asia. For export, the feed is packed in 15 and 25 kg bags, which are loaded in containers then the fish feed is transported over the world from Haifa port. Today, the pellets for floating, sinking and slow sinking purposes, are produced between 1.5 - 9mm; smaller sizes are produced using a crumbler.

Kinds of products
Aquafeed is produced for several kinds of sweet water fish: tilapia, carp, mullet, and trout, sturgeon. And for saltwater fish: seabream, seabass and black tiger shrimps. Extrusion and processing take place in a production facility that is completely separated from the feed mill. This ensures a hygienic surrounding without risk of contamination.

The production area of the fish feed is situated in a new extension of the animal feed plant. Zemach Feed Mill produces the feed under the quality systems HACCP, ISO 9001 and Global Gap in conjunction with the Ginnosar, Dor and Sea Agriculture Institute Research Stations. Quality analyses of raw materials and finished products are made in Israel and if desired abroad.

All products must pass physical tests; these are designed to examine the pellet strength, dust percentage and sweet/salty water tolerability. Production of pet food on the same production line was approved by Israeli Standards Institute and by the veterinary services of Israel, whilst Zemach ensures the separate identity of the products.

Due to extensive research and knowledge of Tilapia Zemach has quickly become an authority on this particular feed. Counselling is provided by the experts on a worldwide scale.

Read the full article, HERE.

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Andritz company profile

ANDRITZ is a globally leading supplier of plants, equipment, and services for hydropower stations, the pulp and paper industry, the metalworking and steel industries, and for solid/liquid separation in the municipal and industrial sectors.

The publicly listed technology Group is headquartered in Graz, Austria, and has a staff of almost 25,000 employees. ANDRITZ operates over 250 sites worldwide.

Visit the website HERE.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

16/11/2017: Applications of astaxanthin krill oil in shrimp diets

by Dr Lena Burri, Aker BioMarine Antarctic AS, Lysaker, Norway

The Antarctic krill fishery is one of the world’s most sustainable fisheries

Aker BioMarine is specifically known for near-zero by-catch, fully transparent operations and Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification, the highest sustainability standard for fisheries worldwide.

Furthermore, the krill fishery received an ‘A’ rating from the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership as the only reduction fishery in the world that is in ‘very good’ condition. Inasmuch, krill products made from Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) provide a sustainable source of important nutrients and feed attractants.

While krill meal is characterised by a high content of proteins and omega-3 phospholipids, astaxanthin krill oil contains no protein, instead is rich in neutral lipids and astaxanthin. Its beneficial effects and how it can be used in high performance shrimp feed is summarised in this article.

Krill is an underutilised marine raw material

Euphausia superba, also called ‘Antarctic krill’, is the most dominant krill species in the icy cold waters surrounding Antarctica, where they are harvested from the wild. Even though Antarctic krill are only about five centimeters in length, they represent one of the largest biomasses on Earth with around 500 million metric tons.

They are shrimp-like in appearance, with big black eyes and a reddish, semi-transparent shell (Figure 2). They often aggregate in large, dense swarms stretching for tens of kilometres. Krill uses their specialised filtering apparatus in their front legs to help them feed on microscopic algae.

Because krill feed on algae that can produce omega-3 fatty acids, the krill themselves become rich in accumulated fatty acids. The same algae that provides the krill’s diet with omega-3 fatty acids is also the source of the antioxidant astaxanthin. This natural astaxanthin is enriched in astaxanthin krill oil and gives it its distinctive red colour and acts as a natural preservative, protecting the omega-3 fatty acids from oxidation.

Astaxanthin krill oil composition

A special fishing technology called Eco-Harvesting™ allows the krill to be pumped alive on to the vessel, where it is immediately processed to preserve all the nutrients and ensure superior product quality.

The main step is to remove the water content, since krill contain 85 percent water. When the water is separated from the cooked krill meal, an oil is obtained alongside - the astaxanthin krill oil (QRILLTM Astaxanthin oil,

 The oil consists of 100 percent neutral lipids, astaxanthin (>750 ppm) and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs, 17% omega-3 and 3% omega-6).

Read the full article, HERE.

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IDAH company profile

IDAH’s ultimate goal is to be world’s number one with customer satisfaction.
IDAH’s vision is to build on our solid traditional manufacturing roots and expand out to be a full-service solutions provider: offering value-added system designs and turnkey project consultation services.

Through this expansion, we hope to create an international platform where technology could be shared and integrated for the benefit of our customers.

By upholding the IDAH Spirit, the passionate team members of IDAH are committed to achieve this vision.

The IDAH Spirit
"Creativity, Honesty & Quality "

Creativity is what gave birth to IDAH in 1974 and consequently the birth of the feeds manufacturing industry in Asia.

Innovation through creativity is what has enabled us to be the industry driver from our inception until now. IDAH is committed and well positioned to lead the industry of tomorrow.

If creativity is the engine that has rapidly pushed IDAH forward; Honesty is what keeps us moving in the right direction.

 IDAH has been firmly grounded on the virtues of quality, honour, and accountability. Our main business is to safeguard the trust that customers have given us and be a dedicated upholder of the highest quality standard.

Visit the website HERE.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

15/11/2017: Nutriad commits to food safety

As a producer of feed additives Nutriad does not consider itself just a part of the animal protein/feed industry, but as an important link in the food chain as well

With that realisation, the multinational company takes very seriously the safety of its products and ingredients not only to animals but also to consumers. 

Guilherme Bromfman
Image credit: Nutriad
Recently, the animal protein/feed industry has had numerous cases of recalls and contamination tarnishing the industry and giving more ammunition to groups that are fighting against animal agriculture.

According to the American CDC (Centres for Disease Control and Prevention), 48 million people get sick in the US alone due to foodborne illnesses resulting in over 3,000 deaths every year.

Considering the overall recalls in the food industry, almost 50 percent is related to bacterial contamination, 7 percent is related to physical contamination and 6 percent is related to chemical contamination.

Those recalls resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in losses not to mention the negative impact on company brands that can take years to recover. Besides cases of Salmonella, Listeria and E. Coli infection in beef, turkeys and chickens, cases of chemical residues and contaminants caused global damages to the food industry.

The melamine scandal in Chinese milk for example affected over 300,000 people and caused several mortalities. Also, dioxins and PCBs were involved in several recalls and brand damaging scandals in the feed and food industry, with recent cases in hog feed in Ireland, animal feed in Belgium, citrus pulp in Brazil and others.

To guarantee the safety of its products, Nutriad USA recently made a significant investment in safety studies on their precision delivery coated Sodium Butyrate. In a project that spanned one and a half years and involved globally independent and recognised institutions.

Nutriad USA assured their customers that feeding the studied product was safe for animals and consumers.

“The attention to details was key to accomplishing this project, in a process that involved certification, documentation, validation, verification, and research”, stated Dr Steve Moreland, VP Technical Services and Support and lead person on this project.

Dr Moreland added, “Using national and international institutions gave us the assurance that we meet our customer’s expectation that our product is stable over time and safe to their animals, and more importantly to their customers”.

Nutriad USA expects this new initiative will support their customers in making the right decisions when choosing their partners and the ingredients used in their feed.

According to Guilherme Bromfman, Director of Business Development, “In the next few months we will publish articles and send out press releases further explaining the entire process involved in achieving this safety milestone. This will also be the leading topic at our annual breakfast meeting during the Midwest Poultry Federation meeting in 2018.”

Read more HERE.

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15/11/2017: What will be in 2040?

by Antonio Garza dr Yta

The vision we have today of the future will define what we will be in 2040

I had the opportunity to attend the event organised by the Ministry of Tourism of Mexico, headed by Enrique de la Madrid Cordero, where the vision of Mexico for 2040, "Tourism in the Global Vanguard" was raised.

The event, in addition to being very well organised, I think could serve as an example to all aquacultures, especially in the region of Latin America and the Caribbean, so that we begin to sit down and talk about how we are positioned both inside and outside our countries in a short, medium and long term.

I would like to comment on some topics that were discussed and that caught my attention:

1. Education - In the case of aquaculture this has been a very delicate case. What is the first chicken or the egg? We have produced generations of unemployed graduates. Perhaps what we have lacked is to be part of a broader state vision. What is certain is that the generation of Technicians is fundamental, it takes people from the field, operational and not just people who are dedicated to research. They need both generalists and specialists, and for that we have to define which universities will do it, where they are or should be located, what capacities they all have, what facilities they would acquire those capacities and how many specialists in each branch will be needed. We have to take advantage of the limited resources we have, commit ourselves to quality and make the strategic alliances necessary to fulfil the objectives that we draw.

2. Business Environment and Investment Promotion - It is not about giving money, it is about giving facilities. It is about that the investors do not have to enter in the corruption to acquire permissions; that they can move their product freely at any time they want, without having to worry about extreme security measures. It is that they will not give preferential treatment to the neighbor for being the son of a politician; which will not unnecessarily tax the inputs or allow unfair imports that do not pay the taxes that correspond to them for the benefit of few. The moment we can convince investors that the environment of our countries gives security to their investments, then not only will aquaculture grow, all economic activities will grow. Perhaps we should make sure that this happens as soon as possible, since all countries in the region could be developed countries for the next generation.

Read the full article, HERE.

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Almex company profile

Almex specialises in single screw extrusion equipment, from the extrusion unit to complete installations. They are a family owned, independent company.

Almex extruders and Contivar Expanders are in use worldwide for fishfeed, oil extraction, petfood, animalfeed plants, the food industry and the processing and chemical industries. Almex started early 1970's with repair and installation of extruders.

For use in Europe these units needed much modifications, so they decided to design and built in the Netherlands a complete range of extruders for 500 to 15.000 kg/hour capacity.

These extruders did find their way to clients worldwide. Today the largest extruder has a diameter of 400 mm, a barrel length of 4800 mm and a drive of 500 kW.

Visit the Almex website, HERE.

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14/11/2017: Nutrition technology shines in global fisheries and aquaculture competition

Images courtesy of Nutrition Technologies
With a strong performance in the Fish2.0 competition in Palo Alto last week, Nutrition Technologies has emerged as a rising star in the sustainable aquaculture sector.

 The Fish2.0 competition is designed to connect seafood businesses with investors to grow the sustainable seafood sector, and is sponsored by USAID and a range of charitable foundations. The competition focus is on finding businesses which have both great products and strong growth potential, and also have a demonstrable social or environmental impact, and since its inception in 2013 has grown to showcase 40 innovative companies in this year’s competition.

 Championing the alternative protein sector, Nick Piggott, CEO of Nutrition Technologies highlighted both the commercial value of insect-based proteins and oils, and the positive social & environmental impacts it can have.

 “We came into the competition thinking that our main impact was on the environment side - as every tonne of insect-meal we produce can replace at least one tonne of fishmeal in feed. However, looking at our production model and the benefits we have to the end user - small-scale aquaculture producers in SE Asian countries - we realise that replacing fishmeal with insect-protein in aquafeed can help stabilise the price of feeds, making it more accessible to smallholders."

Nick Piggot - CEO of Nutrition Technologies
 “The selection process was rigorous - it’s a really tough competition” said Nick. “But we found that it asked some really relevant questions, which has made it easier for us to talk to investors, because we have already answered most of the questions that they’re asking."

 Competing alongside Nutrition Technologies in the Fish2.0 were two other insects-as-feed manufacturers, highlighting the progress that the sector has made in recent years. Insects are in the wild diet of many farmed aquatic species, so it’s much more natural than feeding them, say, soybean and rice bran.

 “SE Asia is the ideal location for BSF production” said Tom Berry, Nutrition Technologies’ COO. “Black Soldier Fly are adapted to the tropics, so producing in SE Asia allows us to produce more efficiently than in northern latitudes. The climate is ideal, meaning we don’t have to provide energy-intensive heating or lighting, which reduces our environmental footprint. This is also one of the world's top aquafeed manufacturing regions so our clients are all on our doorstep, reducing our Greenhouse Gas emissions from logistics, so we can produce a price-competitive feed ingredient and reduce our environmental impact. It’s win-win."

 Investors, including David Tze, and sector funds such as Aqua-Spark were also impressed by the range of technologies in development, from satellite imaging to on-the-spot water quality testing. Other exciting products in development included seaweed-derived feed additives, sustainable sea-cucumber farms and all-natural fish preservatives, being developed across the world. There is obviously a lot of energy in the sector, with innovations coming from all over the globe, and specific competition tracks encouraging innovations from regional, and thematic areas, such as supply-chain transparency and product traceability.

 The competition’s success this year, and its development over the last three iterations, moving from US to a global-focus, and increasing the number of applications to 284, has led to another change in format, likely to attract even more entries next year, and continue to drive investment in the sustainable seafood sector in years to come.

 For more information about the Fish2.0 competition, Contact, Thinkshift Communications

Company info
Nutrition Technologies is a producer of insect-based proteins and oils in South East Asian. Operating since 2015, Nutrition Technologies has developed proprietary technology and systems to farm Black Soldier Fly (Hermetia illucens) in a carefully controlled, closed system. Nutrition Technologies is working with partners across the region to develop innovations in aquafeed technology, and is actively seeking investment.

Visit the website here.

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Monday, November 13, 2017

14/11/2017: European project to boost integrated multi-trophic aquaculture

Eight organisations from Spain, France, Ireland, Portugal and the United Kingdom have partnered up to implement project INTEGRATE (Integrate Aquaculture: an eco-innovative solution to foster sustainability in the Atlantic Area)

The project was approved in the first call for proposals of the INTERREG Atlantic Area 2014-2020 Programme.

INTEGRATE seeks to improve the environmental performance of Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA).

To this end, it focuses on making best use of the nutrient flow in aquaculture facilities by farming together species belonging to different trophic levels.

The IMTA approach maximises resource efficiency while providing natural bioremediation at aquaculture farming sites.
Multi-Trophic aquaculture systems are a circular economy paradigm. They contribute to making aquaculture more sustainable and competitive.

However, despite being encouraged by European Union (EU) policies such as the Blue Growth Strategy, the Atlantic Action Plan and RIS3, there still are socio-economic, administrative and legal bottlenecks hampering the development of IMTA to its full potential.

To overcome these, INTEGRATE supports cooperation between academia, the corporate sector and relevant authorities, thus strengthening collaborative networks in the field of Atlantic IMTA.

“INTEGRATE will deliver tools to effectively increase competitiveness in Atlantic IMTA, unlocking sectorial green growth and improving the quality and public perception of aquaculture products”, explained María del Mar Agraso, who is Technical Director at the Andalusian Aquaculture Technology Centre (CTAQUA), INTEGRATE’s lead partner organisation.

INTERGATE aims to capitalise the available knowledge in order to turn the innovative solutions provided by IMTA into a technical, legal and administrative reality.

INTEGRATE is funded by the ERDF through the INTERREG Atlantic Area 2014-2020 Programme (project grant number EAPA_232/2016).

The partnership comprises eight organisations from the five countries that make up the European Atlantic Area. CTAQUA (Spain) has joined forces with Agrocampus Ouest (France), the Scottish Association for Marine Science (United Kingdom), the Portuguese Institute for Sea and Atmosphere (Portugal), National University of Ireland Galway (Ireland), Irish Seaweed Consultancy (Ireland), ALGAplus (Portugal) and the Centre for Study and Promotion of Algae (France).

INTEGRATE is a three-year project that started in June 2017. Amongst its expected results are the creation of an Atlantic IMTA platform for sectorial collaboration and three pilot actions to develop Atlantic IMTA technology and farming techniques.

INTEGRATE shall capitalise its technical outcomes through best practice guidelines and the pilot actions will be open to academia and the aquaculture industry. The project will also launch Atlantic IMTA expert groups and dissemination events are envisaged to facilitate collaboration and knowledge transfer.

“We will assess the environmental impact of Atlantic IMTA, identify bottlenecks to IMTA development and design a suitable strategy for its industrial upscaling”, said María del Mar Agraso.

“This project will provide us with the knowledge we need to start working alongside policy makers towards the creation of a regulatory framework that will support industrial IMTA in the European Atlantic Area”.

In late October 2017 CTAQUA hosted the project’s kick-off meeting in El Puerto de Santa María (Cádiz, Spain).

At the event, the partnership reviewed all the tasks in the envisaged work plan and agreed on the work to be carried out in the next six months.

Tania Afonso, INTEGRATE’s Project Manager at the INTERREG Atlantic Area 2014-2020 Joint Secretariat, explained to the partnership the practicalities of the contracting process, progress reporting and payment claims.

Visit the INTERREG Atlantic Area website,  HERE.

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14/11/2017: BIOMIN opens new production facility in China

The new Wuxi-based plant produces innovative Biotronic® and Mycofix® product lines

BIOMIN has further expanded its capacity to serve clients in the fast-growing Chinese market and internationally with the opening of a production plant in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, in China.

Biomin is strongly committed to serving clients in China,” stated Dr Hannes Binder, Managing Director of Biomin.

Biomin has been active in the Chinese market for nearly 20 years, having opened its first production unit in China in 2004.
 The latest addition to the firm’s global production network encompasses a 5,600m² building featuring offices, a warehouse and laboratory designed to provide both quality control and analytical services for customers.

“This investment reflects our high ambitions for the future,” commented Dr Binder.

Biotronic and Mycofix capacity
“We value the opportunity to provide customers with the right mix of innovative, high quality products and cutting-edge services,” explained Jack An, Managing Director of BIOMIN China.

“With this new Wuxi facility, we intend to support and further develop client relationships,” he added.

Biomin facility in Wuxi has two automated acidifier production lines with a total installed capacity of 32,000 tons per year, and four packing lines.

The configuration will produce five products within the Biotronic product line, a family of enhanced acidifiers.

Another automated production line with installed capacity of 32,000 tons per year produces the firm’s leading mycotoxin-deactivating feed additive, Mycofix.

With the new facility coming online, 
Biomin doubles its global capacity to produce Mycofix.

Production strictly abides by FAMI-QS, HACCP and ISO 9001 certifications, and quality system audits occur at least twice per year.

State-of-the-art laboratory 
The Wuxi facility includes a more than 360m² scientific laboratory designed in accordance with feed safety management and testing process rules and requirements.

The lab fulfills two key functions: quality control of products made on-site and mycotoxin analysis for 
Biomin customers. For the past decade, high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) has been the method of choice of Biomin China for mycotoxin detection services for customers.

The new facility includes both HPLC and a more advanced technology: liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry/mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). The newer method offers high throughput, high sensitivity, and high accuracy for a lot more mycotoxins and metabolites, including masked mycotoxins.

Opening ceremony 
The opening ceremony and tour of the new 
Biomin facility in Wuxi took place on 30 October 2017 in the presence of 500 distinguished guests, including several directors of local authorities and representatives of the Austrian Consulate General Shanghai Commercial Section.

Visit the Biomin website, HERE.

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14/11/2017: AwF development in Malawi

by Clifford Spencer, Chairman, AwF

To breed catfish first involves collecting breeders, both male and female, from fish ponds and then checking if the females have well matured eggs


The ones with well matured eggs that are at the correct stage in the next few days are put together with males of similar size who are ready to fertilise and are taken to a hatchery.

But before putting them together a hormone is injected which induces the laying of eggs and affects the male ones to fertilise within 12 hours of the injection.

The fish are left overnight and in the morning they are checked to see if the female has released the eggs and the eggs have been fertilised.

Immediately, the female and male breeders are taken back to the pond and the eggs undergo a process of aeration for two to three days after which they hatch.

For the smallholder farmers who may get scared with these demands and requirements of this business AwF has heard their words and realise they can farm minus the part of developing their own hatchery.

That requires a massive capital investment, which is beyond them and even more technical. There is a way to go around that by adopting an outgrowing system where they can just buy fingerlings from people who breed them in their hatcheries.

Another factor that is holding back a majority of famers is the cost of the feed used making it beyond the reach of majority of rural smallholder farmers.

On this front AwF will lobby/encourage the government’s assistance to come and help as the government already recognises the need to develop aquaculture in the country. It is felt that now is the time that government looked at subsidised aquaculture feed just like they did with fertiliser in maize production.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development recognises the challenges the sector is facing, which among them is low access to capital for investment in fish farming and limited availability of improved fish production technologies.

There are also a number of complimentary challenges affecting the fisheries industry in Malawi. It suffers overfishing along lakeshores and in shallow water bodies, partly due to weak enforcement of fishing regulations and unexploited deep-water fish resources, and insufficient production in addition to the stated lack of access to quality fingerlings and feed for aquaculture.

Read the full article, HERE.

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Leiber company profile

Now with more than 140 employees, with each one a specialist in his or her domain, Leiber has a well-proven team in a company following a clear strategy for more than 50 years: working with values.

“What makes us unique? We focus on what we know best. Yeast. Production on the highest level of quality. Latest technology. New findings from science and research. The performance of a team of specialists. 

This is what defines Leiber´s strategic orientation. This is what makes us truly entrepreneurial”, as explained on the Leiber website.

“The markets´ requirements are changing - we are able to follow. This is how we became one of the leading manufacturers of specialised yeast products”.

Visit the website HERE.

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the interview: Patrick Charlton, Vice President at Alltech and CEO of Coppens International BV

Patrick Charlton is Vice President at Alltech and CEO of Coppens International, a specialist aquaculture feed company, which was acquired by Alltech in 2016. Before joining Coppens International, Mr Charlton oversaw the activity of 32 Alltech offices across the European region.
He graduated from the University of Nottingham and joined Alltech UK in 1991, becoming the technical manager in 1995. In 1998, Charlton moved to Cape Town, South Africa, to become Technical Director for Alltech’s Africa and Middle East region.
He currently lives in the UK and received a master’s degree in fermentation and distilling from Heriot-Watt University in 2006.

What has Alltech brought the Coppens brand since the procurement?
I think the biggest thing has been the technology. It was very much nutrition focused, quality ingredients to make a quality diet, which was their focus.

I think the additive side has taken us in a new direction. You saw Ben Lamberigts (QRN Manager) speech and I was really proud because a year ago he might’ve struggled giving that presentation but now he’s seen the products working, like the work they’ve done on astaxanthin and the minerals here. So of course he’s a lot more confident when it’s his data.

The technologies have allowed us to stake a claim that we didn’t have in terms of high-end technology in the field. I think the other thing is global presence. Although Coppens was a global company it was still a small regional feed company. They are now part of a much large company with offices in 129 countries.

We’re not pushing Coppens through all of them, we’ve said from the get go we’ll only work with Alltech where it’s relevant, we’re not going to every Alltech office and saying sell Coppens feed because it’s not fair. Not all of them have aqua people and markets and even if some of them do; selling feed is a different business to selling additives, it’s a B2C business, as opposed to a B2B business.

It becomes possible because we have the people. The biggest challenge with any of these markets is people.


What would you consider to be your top target areas in the future?
I think for this business it’s ultimately going to be distance, we do a little bit in Asia of our very high-end products – Coppens is very good at starter diets. 

You get above one - 1.5ml diets and realistically, exporting those intercontinentally becomes challenging, but we do very little in Asia, which is 67 percent of the world’s aquaculture, so we’d have to look at that and go from there.

Pearse has always said to follow the road least travelled because that’s where the opportunity lies.


Obviously, you’re wearing two hats, VP of Alltech plus CEO of Coppens. How do you manage to balance those two, is there much synergy?
I’m a big believer that my role is to represent both businesses, both ways. By that, I mean I think there is a lot Coppens can help bring to Alltech in terms of it’s business structure, such as it’s Aqua Centre. 

Dr Lyons said to me the other day, “You’re my go to guys, on the aqua side.”

He would always say we’re very focused on not creating business silos, so he uses a passionate phrase, “One Alltech”.

What he means by that is – Yes, the fish feed business is different and separate, but that doesn’t mean the team on the fish feed side are separate to everyone else. They’re not different citizens.

One of the ways Alltech has succeeded is by always breaking down barriers, we want to avoid barriers being built; having me wear both hats, that helps. I can make sure that the Coppens flag is flown within Alltech and globally; but similarly my job has been to help the Coppens team feel ‘Alltech’. That’s really been the big goal; I personally wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.

The biggest challenge with an acquisition is integration; the team here has been exemplary in how they’ve integrated into the business, because Alltech is a different company and we do things different ways.

I think that cross-pollination is so important and that’s why you need to avoid creating a silo mentality between the businesses that you have. When someone’s put in charge of a business and their attitude is, “I’m in charge of this business, so I’ll put a border around it because that’s all I’m responsible for.”

But I still see my responsibility being the success of Alltech, of which Coppens is now a significant part. 


What area of aquaculture do you think is most important to focus on?
At the moment, the vast amount of technology goes into, what I would consider ‘cash crops’, like trout or salmon, that aren’t necessarily going to feed the world, but there might be residual benefits in relation to utilising those technologies elsewhere with different species.
It’s kind of like the difference between mining for diamonds and mining for iron ore.
One of the reasons we bought Coppens, is a level of frustration within Alltech with the more conservative nature of the feed industry.

When you sell feed at the end of the day, you’ve still got farmers who are looking to get the best beef; you still get price thrown back in your face and you can’t ignore that. We can all make the best feeds in the world, but at the end of the day, someone’s got to sell them and farmers will look for the best price.

The attractive thing about Coppens for Alltech, was it’s global footprint, but also it’s species footprint. We’re working with trout, catfish, sturgeon, tilapia and we’ve got the hobby sector and the list goes on and Alltech has helped move them into the salmon side of things, part of which is related to here.

We did that to showcase some of our technologies, the aim was to get a feed that was fish product free. The big missing piece of the puzzle for Coppens was that they could go without the fishmeal but they were struggling to go without the fish oil, the DHA. So we came in and added the final piece of the puzzle in.

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13/11/2017: Sustainable Ocean Summit 2017 session spotlight

Social License and the Blue Economy: Understanding Societal Constraints to Blue Growth

The ‘social license to operate’ plays a fundamental role in securing the future potential of ocean sectors and the broader ‘Blue Economy’

Obtaining and maintaining this social acceptability is essential to all ocean industries, but is experienced differently across the various ocean economy sectors.

Importantly, the loss of social license in one sector may have ramifications for other ocean users, i.e. the loss of social license by one company in one sector may impact societal trust in a wider range of ocean users and the broader concept of a Blue Economy.

In addition, while social license challenges may be different across sectors, there are likely to be significant benefits in sharing lessons learnt – including innovative approaches to building community trust and support.

The Australian National Centre for Oceans Resources and Security (ANCORS) and Wageningen University are collaborating with the World Ocean Council at SOS 2017 to deliver a unique workshop on the social acceptability of ocean-based industries – work that should be of keen interest to every ocean company concerned about their future.

The objective of the social license workshop is to develop a strategic, cross sectoral and systematic assessment of the social license challenges and opportunities within the Blue Economy. The workshop will aim to facilitate the sharing of information on best practices and lessons learned by different sectors in addressing social license through interactive discussions.

The workshop will be run by scholars with expertise in studying and assessing social license of industries and will include speakers from a range of sectors, including:

• Offshore Energy: Bill Staby, Resolute Marine
• Shipping: Peter Hinchcliffe, ICS Shipping
• Fisheries: Dannie Hanson, Louisbourg Seafood
• Seabed Mining: Samantha Smith, Blue Globe Solutions
• Oil and Gas: TBC

In conjunction with this workshop a survey has been developed to assist the researchers and the business community in their understanding of the different ways social license questions are being understood and addressed across the Blue Economy.

All WOC members, and the broader ocean business community members are encouraged to participate in this survey, especially if you are unable to attend the workshop.

The ocean economy and social license survey is available, HERE.

The outcomes of the workshop and questionnaire will be collated and analysed for inclusion in a report to the ocean business community via the World Ocean Council and academic publications.

Additional participant information
Notes will be taken as part of the workshop which will be used to inform broader research into the Blue Economy and social license being undertaken by the organisers. No references to individuals will be made as parts of these notes. If you do not wish to have your views or opinions included in these notes please notify the organisers. You are still welcome to participate in the workshop as well as the questionnaire for which we also guarantee anonymity of respondents. You will not be asked to disclose any intellectual knowledge or financial details. You will not be asked any questions which will expose you to financial or legal liability. Involvement is voluntary and you may withdraw any data that you have provided, including notes from the workshop, at any point in the process, with no negative implications. The workshop process has been reviewed by the Social Sciences Human Research Ethics Committee of the University of Wollongong. If you have any concerns or complaints regarding the way this research has been conducted you can contact the UOW Ethics Officer on +61 2 4221 3386 or email rso-

For further information please contact the workshop organisers.

Dr Michelle Voyer
Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS),
University of Wollongong, Australia
Ph:+61 2 4221 4653

Judith van Leeuwen
Assistant Professor Environmental Policy Group,
Wageningen University, The Netherlands
Ph: + 31 (0)317 483917

Visit the event website, HERE.

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