Friday, September 22, 2017

22/09/2017: Aquaculture Vietnam updates

Image courtesy of UBM newsletter. 
Vietnam targets sustainable aquaculture. 

According to the report of the Directorate of Fisheries  (MARD), the total aquaculture and fishery production reached 4,007 million tonnes in July, which is an increase of 4.4% compared to last year. In which, aquaculture output was 2,057 million tonnes, an increase of 4.1%. 

Aquaculture Vietnam 2017 - reaching out to fish and shrimp farmers in the Mekong Delta
Ms Rungphech Chitanuwat, Group Director of UBM Asia, ASEAN Business commented, "UBM recognises that the aquaculture sector plays an important role in the economy of Vietnam and still has great potential to grow further. Through Aquaculture Vietnam 2017, UBM is committed to driving innovation, boosting competitiveness and promoting best practices for sustainable farming in Vietnam, especially in the Mekong Delta. 

Hosted by Directory of Fisheries (MARD), this event will be held from October 25, 27, 2017 at the Can Tho International Exhibition Fair Centre (EFC). Aquaculture Vietnam 2017 provides a must attend B2B platform to showcase the latest innovations and technologies, look for new suppliers, partners and business opportunities and keep up to date with industry news and trends. 

100+ Exhibitors. 
4,000+ Trade Visitors. 
20+ Countries. 

Highlights of the programme

  • International Aquaculture Conference
  • Mekong Chef Competition 
  • Bus-in Programme
Visit Aquaculture Vietnam 2017 and network with thousands of industry professionals. 

Visit the website for the event here

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22/09/2017: Pre-register for Taiwan Fisheries and Seafood Show for free 5* accommodation!

Taiwan International Fisheries and Seafood Show is targeting exclusively international visitors. They aim to connect top-tier or high volume buyers and exhibiting companies.

The benefits of hosted buyer programme

  • Complimentary accommodation at 5 star hotel in Kaohsiung
  • Complimentary Kaohsiung airport pick-up service and transfer from hotel to exhibition venue
  • Personalised meetings with exhibitors of your choice
  • Smooth entry via VIP registration and free access to VIP lounge inside the venue
Qualifying Criteria
  • Annual turnover of more than US$300,000
  • Seniors and top level management, key decision makers, managers
  • Qualified buyers must attend the event and hold a minimum of 3 verified business meetings to receive reimbursement
How to apply? 
Fill out the application online, here

Deadline to apply, September 30, 2017. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to connect with the best in the industry and networking with peers! 

Contact if you have any questions about this programme. 

Find out more here

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22/09/2017: Introduction to Marine Flex environmentally mooring system

Marine Flex Ltd and N-Viro Ltd, will be displaying at the NZ Aquaculture Conference next week in Nelson. 

The link here is to a 60 second video they produced very recently as an introduction to their latest innovation. 

Key features: 

  • These can be configured from simple strand units for small vessels/moorings to very complex multi strand units as per the attached photo for large vessels/marine farms/marinas/jetties etc. 
  • When you view the video you will see the upright nature of the marine flex in the water column - this attribute leads to a major space saving in high density mooring areas. 
  • Also you will see a great shot of the marine flex attached to a screw system anchor - this highlights the absolute non-contact with the ocean flood hence the tag 'Environmentally friendly Mooring System'. 
  • The other key shot is the chain coming out of the sediment - highlighting the degradation of the sea floor when using chain for anchoring/mooring systems.

To find out more visit their website here. 

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22/09/2017: Troutex and Riverence form a strategic alliance

The Riverence team - Image courtesy of Riverence 
Danish trout egg producer, Troutex, and USA egg producer, Riverence, have agreed to a strategic alliance. The news was announced at the United States Trout Farmers Association Trade Show, held in Twin Falls, Idaho USA, on September 21st to 23rd.

 The companies were drawn to one another because of their mutual, generational heritage in farming and agriculture. Troutex was founded by a fourth-generation trout breeder / farmer, bringing a long history of hands-on experience and methodology to the table. Similarly, Riverence was co-founded by a fourth-generation cattle breeder / rancher, who offers unique perspective and mature breeding principles from the cattle industry.

 The two companies, which have been working together for many years, see undeniable synergies in several areas, including:

 A joint approach to breeding will prove extremely beneficial for both companies. Riverence has shown remarkable results in its breeding program in a very short amount of time, due to its highly experienced team of fish experts. Troutex has developed its own breeding program based on known methods from the mink and poultry industry, in cooperation with an expert in genetics.

 Hans Jørn Holm, Director of Troutex adds: “We see that Riverence has mastered the difficult discipline of applying science to real life. At Troutex, we have been actively working with our own well-proven breeding program with great success. American R&D programs and methodologies are very different from the European approach. With knowledge from multiple continents, both companies strengthen our focus on improving the performance and hardiness of our strains.”

 Quality, customer service and supply chain dependability:
 With multiple sites in the USA, Northern Ireland and Denmark, both biosecurity and supply chain dependability are increased. Troutex and Riverence share a commitment to egg consistency and quality assurance, with a deep focus on customer service. The companies’ diverse selection of species and strains will make it possible to reach even more customers with the right eggs.

 Product range and markets:
 In trials, Riverence strains have performed significantly better on both survival and growth, when compared to other strains in the U.S. market today. Additionally, Riverence has the ability to breed to a farmer’s specific needs, contributing high pedigree Pacific Steelhead, Pacific Coho Salmon, Golden Rainbow Trout, and fresh water-proven Atlantic Salmon eggs.

 Troutex provides multiple fast growing Rainbow Trout strains, from small portion size to late maturing, large Steelhead strains. The strains have been selected over a period of more than three decades. Troutex sells eggs to more than 30 countries worldwide, opening doors for the alliance.

 Together, as multi-generational farmers and ranchers, Troutex and Riverence look forward to working with and supporting customers around the world.

Visit the Reverence website here

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22/09/2017: AE2017 - "Cooperation for growth"

 The AE2017 event to be held in Dubrovnik, Croatia from October 17-20 is proving to her very popular. More than 700 abstract have been received for the 350 oral slots available in the scientific programme. All trade show booths have been sold and additional space has been created to house additional stands and posters. Participation is expected to be more than 1000. 

 Cooperation for growth
 One of the factors that may contribute to the lack of growth in the aquaculture sector is the lack of cooperation between operators in the sector. This may be regarding production (breeding programmes, feed resources, benchmarking technical performance...), promotion and market intelligence or training and knowledge management, including open access publications. 

 Turning policy into growth can be achieved through diminishing competitive forces through common actions using regional cooperation, task forces, public/private partnerships and other initiatives that help to reduce conflicts. AE2017 will address these aspects through the thematic sessions of AE2017 – and these will be further explored through the parallel and poster sessions of the conference and in the international trade show and Industry Forums.

 Conference plenary sessions

  • "Is substitution compromising our omega 3 (DHA) position?” - Professor Michael A Crawford, PhD, FRSB, FRCPath, Imperial College, London. As we look to replace more and more fish meal and fish oil (for sustainability requirements) and replace them with terrestrial plants, the DHA content of farmed fish had also declined. Furthermore, arable land use has reached its limit and in many places the available area is in decline. Meeting the nutritional needs for population growth will require prioritising arable land for high yielding crops for human consumption and not to feed fish, hence the development of marine agriculture is a must.
  • “Large scale RTD facility to take tuna farming forward” - Fernando de la Gándara, Researcher at the IEO (Spanish Institute of Oceanography) and Director of the Murcia Oceanographic Center. The Atlantic Bluefin tuna is an emblematic species that has fed Mediterranean human populations for centuries. Over the last two decades, its wild stocks have been severely overfished, with high quota limits leading to consequent reduction of the production. In order to satisfy high market demand, it is essential to increase bluefin tuna production coming from sustainable aquaculture where the whole biological life cycle is managed. The Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO) has recently built a land-based large-scale facility (ICRA) for the control of the reproduction of this species, capable of hosting big size breeders. This facility is near the already existing IEO Aquaculture facility in Mazzaron, (Murcia, SE Spain), devoted to the research on Atlantic Bluefin tuna larval rearing and juvenile production.
  • “Gene editing. A game changer for aquaculture?” - Anna Wargelius, Institute of Marine Research, Bergen. Gene editing has been hailed as a ‘major breakthrough’ in human medicine, with its ‘pros and cons’ widely published in scientific and general press. But what are the uses of gene editing in plant science and how have these benefited production of food crops? What is the potential for aquaculture and what are the main lines of work that are being researched at present? The term ‘biotechnology’ is often intrinsically linked to ‘ethics’ and this “duo” plenary will also present the ethical considerations that we must consider as we assess if and how best to adopt this as a potential game-changer for aquaculture.
 Industry Forums and special sessions 

 Wednesday 18. Industry Forum: A stable supply of robust native oyster juveniles – identification and prioritisation of gaps and challenges.
 This Industry Forum, organised by the EAS Thematic Group on Flat Oysters, will bring together scientists and producers to address some of the principal bottlenecks and husbandry issues that are limiting the potential to bring back this native European species, so highly prized by connoisseurs and consumers. It will provide a forum for knowledge exchange and the sharing of best practices. Target audience: scientists and flat oyster producers from across Europe.

 Thursday 19. Special session: Blue Fin Tuna: Cooperation for Growth
 This special session will look at the evolution of tuna farming in the Adriatic and Mediterranean as it moves from fattening to farming. The morning session will present the latest scientific findings addressing breeding, larval rearing, nutrition and health and the afternoon session will bring together a panel of tuna experts to look forward and to work together. Target audience: scientists and especially all tuna farms in Adriatic and Med.

 Friday 20. Cooperation in Mediterranean Aquaculture: A Croatian Perspective
 This special AE2017 Industry Forum will discuss why aquaculture in the Mediterranean has not progressed significantly over recent years and look into some of the issues that are inhibiting growth through two recently funded Horizon 2020 projects, Performfish and MEDAid. It will debate the main outcomes and tangible results in several areas, including nutrition, health, welfare, breeding and market.

 Student Workshop 
 Organised by the EAS Student Group and followed by a student reception, the AE2017 Student Workshop is called “A scientist, a producer and a student walk into a bar". The workshop aims to help students of all levels to understand what their possible next step is within the Aquaculture sector and how to prepare for it.

 Other events

 Tuesday 17th (pre-AE2017) EAS Thematic Group EPFC - New skillsets in Percid Fish Culture.
 Bringing together all those with an interest in the culture of pike-perch, perch and other species of the family percidae for human consumption, stocking and conservation. The workshop title is: "New skillsets in Percid Fish Culture" and will pertain to the latest achievements in skills and competencies required for successful percid fish culture. The workshop starts at 12.00 and closes at 18.00 in time to attend the opening ceremony of Aquaculture Europe 2017. More at

 Wednesday 18. COLUMBUS Brokerage Event
 The ongoing Horizon 2020 initiative COLUMBUS is pioneering a new technique to better understand how to optimise the use of knowledge derived from research. Through a process of identification of Knowledge Outputs (KOs), it is developing transfer pathways to facilitate each step of the process to increase the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) and assist and support researchers to bring this knowledge to market.
 This session will introduce this new technique and present several aquaculture case studies that are currently going through the process. The presence of COLUMBUS partners in the AE 2017 COLUMBUS Stand and transfer experts during the rest of the AE2017 event will allow scientists that have potential products in their Knowledge Outputs to look further into the transfer pathway and receive advice and accompaniment to pursue their ideas.

 Croatia and Dubrovnik 
 Most people think of Croatian aquaculture being based on sea bass and sea bream. With its long and beautiful coastline, this is indeed true and these species make up about two thirds of the total marine production of 12,000 tonnes in 2015. But more than 2,500 tonnes of Atlantic bluefin tuna, small volumes of dentex, meagre and turbot and 800 tonnes of shellfish (Mediterranean mussels and European flat oysters) were also produced last year. The freshwater farming segment primarily produces common carp and rainbow trout, representing over 50% and about 30%, respectively, of the total fresh water production of 4,800 tonnes. Small volumes of silver carp, bighead carp, catfish, tench, pike, and zander are also farmed.

 The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Dubrovnik needs no introduction to tourists or to Game of Thrones fans! Its history as a trade centre in the Adriatic and as a model of wealth and skilled diplomacy means that it is an ideal location for our Aquaculture Europe event—and for the theme of AE2017. The event will be held at the fantastic VALAMAR resort, with three hotels and associated meeting rooms providing an excellent working and social environment. We very much look forward to welcoming you to Croatia next month!

Online registration, click here. 

To find out more click here

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22/09/2017: 'Walk the Italian Way' - Ocrim's group tour of Siena, Tuscany in Italy

A week is a long time in the milling industry. This time last week some 200 delegates were arriving in Tuscany from all around the world to attend Ocrim's 7th annual 'Wheat, Flour and ...'. This is a unique one-day conference that looks at the latest innovations from the company and links those developments to the industry either in Italy or to its markets abroad, and has become a must-attend event for customers and others. 
Last year the 6th 'Wheat, Flour and ...' was co-located between Cremona and Addis Ababa in Ethiopia during the IAOM's first exhibition into the continent of Africa. 
This company is engaging globally with millers and attracting them to 'walk the Italian way' by visiting Italy to understand it's uniqueness not only industrially but also culturally. To promote its global family even more, the company has launched a 'hotel' called HO (for Hotel Ocrim), a company guest house where any customer visiting Italy can stop off for refreshment, carry out administration work and relax in the city of Cremona. This was just one of the innovations announced last weekend in Cortona in Tuscany where this year's event was hosted. 
Photo: Gerald Richardson
Following the conference, delegates were invited on a walking tour of Siena, one of Italy's most visited medieval cities before having lunch in a quiet back street of the city.

Read more HERE.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Jefo Company Profile

From the Jefo website. 

At Jefo, we believe in innovation and teamwork. Our commitment to our profession allows us to offer quality products and services to our customers, while creating a relationship of trust.

At Jefo, teamwork is based on communication in order to capitalise on individual skills and collective efforts to achieve our goals.

Active involvement and a sense of responsibility are reflected in the commitment and passion of our team of professionals.

The creativity and critical thinking of our technical team enables us to develop new solutions, which are validated in research stations and field conditions to continuously improve animal performance.

The satisfaction and trust of our customers are our foremost priorities. Actively listening to their needs solidifies our partnership.

Jefo employs a controlled system, supported by internationally recognised certifications. Our on-going improvements allow us to deliver superior quality products and services.

Visit the Jefo website here. 

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21/09/2017: Nutriad appoints Business Development Manager

Ms Karen de Ridder - Image courtesy of Nutriad
Multinational feed additives producer Nutriad announced the appointment of Ms. Karen de Ridder as Business Development Manager Preservation & Functional Ingredients. 

 Around the world, the Belgium headquartered company continues to invest in their technical and commercial organisation. The hiring of talent and experience is aimed to support Nutriad’s growth ambitions in health and nutrition solutions for livestock and aquaculture producers.

 Karen de Ridder graduated a Bio-Engineer from the University of Ghent and brings with her several years of experience within the feed additives industry. Stated Ms. De Ridder: “I am excited to join Nutriad as it provides a hands-on environment where people work closely together in an international setting. Nutriad has developed an interesting portfolio over the years and I am looking forward to supporting the further development of the company.”

 Concluded Nutriad CEO Erik Visser: “The choice of raw materials, and especially their chemical and microbiological quality, is essential for the successful production of safe and high quality feed. The Nutriad anti-oxidant and anti-bacterial portfolio helps protect sensitive raw materials and essential nutrients from autoxidation or (re)contamination with pathogenic bacteria. To further support our customers across the world we continue to invest in the development of new concepts and in-market technical support. This appointment follows from that strategy.”

 Nutriad delivers products and services to over 80 countries through a network of sales offices and distributors. These are supported by four application laboratories and five manufacturing facilities on three continents. 

Visit the Nutriad website here. 

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21/09/2017: Invitation to provide input on the draft Fisheries Improvers Programme Acceptance Mechanism of IFFO RS

 In order to allow recognition of other standards and become aligned with current internationally recognised Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) guidelines, IFFO RS Ltd. has proposed to review and refine the IFFO RS Fisheries Improvers Programme Acceptance Mechanism to support organisations through a structured improvement process. 

 The full draft is ready for public consultation via the IFFO website for a period of 30 days beginning September 19, 2017.

 To continue with the development of the programme, IFFO RS Ltd. has produced a draft of the full acceptance procedures that consists of requirements, assessment methodology, potential outcomes and other relevant measures. A public consultation feedback submission form (excel format) has been produced in order to provide a user friendly way for stakeholders and other interested parties to provide feedback on the development. The purpose of this public consultation is to obtain input from a wide range of stakeholders and interested parties on the proposed mechanism and to inform about the continuing development of the IFFO RS Fisheries Improvers Programme. 

 Much of the development of the acceptance mechanism is to bring the improvers programme in line with accepted FIP guidelines and allow recognition of other standards. It is hope that this mechanism will promote the path towards responsible supply of marine ingredients and provide clear and useful guidance to those who do not currently meet the requirements and wish to become certified in the future with the IFFO RS. 

 Francisco Aldon, Head of Operations at IFFO RS explains, "IFFO RS's main objective is to improve the global responsibility of sourcing and production of marine ingredients, and to help with this cause, IFFO RS is strengthening its IFFO RS IP fishery procedures to allow recognition by internationally well-known guidelines and standards. We therefore, welcome and encourage any comments or feedback regarding the revised IP Fishery Acceptance procedures, which are the first steps towards positive developments to drive responsible behaviour leading the path to sustainability for the future." 

To find out more information about the IFFO RS Improvers Programme please visit our website where you will also find the public consultation feedback submission form.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

20/09/2017: BioMar reinforces its sustainable profile within the organic shrimp market

Jorge Vargas, General Manager of BioMar Costa Rica
 The BioMar factory in Costa Rica has been certified to produce feed for organic farming of shrimp. With this initiative, BioMar takes another step in line with it's plan to enter the global shrimp market. At the same time BioMar complements its shrimp feed range with a high quality value proposition to Central American shrimp farmers. 

 John Tinsley, Technical Director, BioMar Emerging Markets Central America, explains about this certification, "We are delighted to be fully certified under the European Union standard to produce organic shrimp feed at our factory in Costa Rica. It has been a great team effort from everyone at BioMar Costa Rica to reach this target."

 He continued, "As the shrimp industry is developing, producers in the region are looking towards organic production systems as a way to grow and differentiate and to fulfil increasing consumer demands. We are proud to be able to support their development plans and innovate aquaculture with our new shrimp feed ECOLIFE Exia for organic farming of shrimp and support shrimp farmers with technical expertise." 

 Jorge Vargas, General Manager of BioMar Costa Rica, mentions that one of the cornerstones of BioMar's philosophy is the sustainable development of the aquaculture industry, ensuring that we can meet the needs of the present without compromising those of the future. He also points out that BioMar in Central America has established a local strategy for the coming years "A  green factory in a green region". 

 He concludes, "ECOLIFE Exia, our feed for organic shrimp farming, comes to support our strategy by allowing us to provide a high quality product to the market and at the same time complement our range of extruded shrimp feeds. Central America has potential for value-added feeds and having a local feed supplier will allow for faster response and lower product inventories for the producers. We work continuously to deliver a product that delivers good results to our customers. If our customers succeed, so do we." 

Visit the BioMar website here. 

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20/09/2017: A synergy of expertise for better feed

by Tom Blacker, 
International Aquafeed

 JBL is a feed producer for aquarium, terrarium and pond fish, founded in 1960 by Joachim Böhme. Today JBL employ 180 people provide 150 fish feed products on the market.

 I visited their main premises in Neuhofen, Rheinland-Pfalz region of Germany on Thursday June 22, 2017 along with our Chinese milling expert partner, Dr Wenbin Wu and a contingent from London and South East Milling Society (LSEMS); totaling around 35 visitors.

 Current Head of Research and Development (R&D) and Quality Management at JBL, Michael Donner led the group through a presentation and factory tour, which was highly enjoyed by all. Michael is a fisheries biologist and expert in fish nutrition and fish health, having received his education at Ifm-Geomar Kiel and University Konstanz.

 The R&D department is highly important mainly because of the need for new products in the market. He prides farmed fish for JBL feed on being ‘very important to save natural populations – nature protection and sustainability is a main goal of JBL’.

On the JBL website, the General Manager of JBL, Roland Böhme, says, “We follow the commitment of my father, who founded the company 50 years ago. He loved animals of all kinds and made it a central issue to create products that would optimise the keeping of animals, and thus stop their removal from the wild. I am happy to continue this aim!”

Click here to read the full feature. 

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Phileo Company Profile

 By the year 2050, our planet will be home to more than nine billion people.

 Livestock farmers have to meet the growing demand for high-quality protein food products (milk and meat) to guarantee the safety of the increasingly demanding consumers (food safety, reduction in antibiotics use, etc.), in large volume and at a reasonable price to feed the planet.

 They are also faced with poor cereal quality, which affects animal health and performance. Finding new solutions to meet the needs of future generations is a challenge that Phileo Lesaffre Animal Care embraces – we strive to enhance the lives of animals in order to better enhance the lives of people.

 Backed by more than 30 years of experience and a global staff of 140 people, Phileo is positioning itself in the health through nutrition segment located at the crossroads of the world of agronomy (focused on livestock performance through nutrition) and the world of medicine (focused on treatment using antibiotics and vaccines).

 Phileo is committed to delivering animal health and performance solutions based on live yeasts, bacteria and yeast products that contribute to food safety and the responsible use of antibiotics, including: 

  • Improvements in digestibility and bioavailability, for better feed efficacy and performance.
  • Cost-effective nutritional alternatives, providing substitutes for unsustainable or limited feed sources.
  • Control of the risk associated with bacterial toxins and mycotoxins through binding and detoxification.
  • Enhancement of immune response and digestive health in preventive management
  • Reduction of pathogen pressure to help limit the risk of antibiotic resistance.
  • Optimisation of physiological mechanisms against stress, to support animal welfare. In every country, Phileo progress is led by the most advanced science as well as practical on-farm experience.
Visit the Phileo website here.
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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

19/09/2017: Seafood Innovation Contest to Develop “Fish-Free” Fish Oil Launches

Fish Oil Challenge seeks innovators to streamline aquaculture feed supply chain.

 A new contest to innovate a fish oil alternative that doesn’t rely on wild-caught fish officially launched this week. The F3 Fish Oil Challenge will award a $100,000 prize to the company or team that makes and sells the most fish-free “fish oil” to aquaculture operations or feed manufacturers. The prize amount is expected to increase through additional crowdsource fundraising.

 The F3 (Future of Fish Feed) team, a collaboration of scientists, environmentalists and industry leaders, is currently recruiting innovators to join the global race to help remove a bottleneck to growth in the aquaculture industry. Aquaculture is poised to explode as the supplier of one of the world's most efficient sources of animal proteins to feed our planet’s growing population. However, the industry is being held back by the availability of one key ingredient: fish oil, which provides important omega fatty acids for animal and human nutrition.

 The University of Arizona, New England Aquarium, University of Massachusetts Boston, Synbiobeta, Anthropocene Institute and The World Bank are sponsoring the contest that aims to both support and streamline the aquaculture feed supply chain.

 “We are seeking innovators who do not accept business-as-usual and will apply their ingenuity to make aquaculture industry more feasible, and more environmentally responsible now and in the future,” said University of Arizona Professor Kevin Fitzsimmons, a judge of the Fish Oil Challenge and former president of the World Aquaculture Society. “Changing the way we grow farmed fish is vital to feed ourselves without further depleting the wild-fish populations on which aquaculture depends.”

 Fish farms, or aquaculture, now provide about half of the world’s seafood. And, fish farm owners are looking for new and innovative ways to feed all those billions of fish in a way that doesn’t rely on fish resources from the ocean. Oily fish, like sardines, anchovies and menhaden, called “forage fish,” are currently harvested from the wild and fed to farmed-raised fish to provide them with these essential fatty oils.

 The problem is that these fish are also crucial food for other commercial fisheries like cod, salmon, tuna, as well as marine mammals like whales, dolphins and seals as well as seabirds. If these wild fish populations at the center of the food chain disappear, so will the life that depends on it.

 For the current rate of expansion of aquaculture to continue, most scientists and aquaculture industry analysts agree that alternative ingredients need to be used. If alternatives are not found the aquaculture industry will contract, according to the World Bank. Some of the innovations may be found in new collaborations between the biotechnology and seafood sectors to create a fish-free fish oil that provides essential nutrients for aquaculture and for people using fewer land and water resources.

 “From its inception, biotechnology has been about finding solutions to societal challenges,” said Christopher Oakes, director of corporate development at SynBioBeta, the activity hub for the synthetic biology industry. "Our hope is that we can apply engineering principles to biology and increase collaboration between these two industries to improve the sustainability of farm-raised seafood."

 Essential fatty acids (EFAs), known as omega-3s and 6 and found in fish oils, are critical building blocks of a fish diet. An optimal balance of these key nutrients in aquaculture-raised fish feed is needed to ensure that the fish are healthy and highly nutritious for consumers. Currently only one of these fatty acids, called DHA, is available from non-fish sources such as algae. Innovating a complete fish oil replacement that contains the other two essential fatty acids, known as EPA and ARA, in an optimal ratio that mimics the fatty acid profile found in forage fish is the goal of the challenge. EFAs are important for the health of the human nervous system, including the health of the heart and brain.

 To help the contestants, the F3 team’s fish nutrition experts have used known fatty acid profiles of wild forage fish to develop target values that will need to be met to qualify as a viable fish oil replacement.

 Raising healthy fish on fish-free feed has many consumer benefits as well. The sustainable harvest of forage fish is of increasing importance for preserving life in the oceans and to make aquaculture more environmentally responsible for consumers.

 Since the current supply of fishmeal and fish oil from the ocean is limited and fluctuates based upon environmental conditions, sourcing of sustainable ingredients for aquaculture feeds is a main factor considered by seafood eco-labels, which provide consumers with important information about the sustainability of the seafood they buy.

 Recent scientific studies have also found harmful levels of mercury and other pollutants in forage fish that accumulate in the ocean, which could be a cause for concern among consumers. 

 “Our goal is to use technological innovation to overcome challenges in the aquaculture supply chain and change the way we feed farm-raised fish,” said Fitzsimmons. “The industry has made tremendous strides to vastly increase yields of aquaculture products with limited supplies of fish meal and fish oil. However, if we are to become even more sustainable and want to ensure a robust industry in the future, more innovation is needed to find cost-effective alternative ingredients.”

 China and the Asia-Pacific region are the largest markets in the global aquaculture industry, which is expected to be worth over $200 billion by 2020. The global fish oil market is projected to reach over $4 billion by 2021, and the rapidly expanding growing global aquaculture industry is the greatest source of demand for fish oil. Demand for fish oil as an ingredient in dietary supplements and pet food is also on the rise.

 The first challenge by the F3 team, the Fish-Free Feed Challenge, was a game-changer in the fish feed industry by helping to promote the adoption of fish-free feed to improve the overall sustainability of the aquaculture industry. The challenge drew contestants from all over the world who have collectively sold over 100,000 metric tons of fish-free feed, saving over 100 million forage fish from being used as fish feed. This new challenge will help provide a key strategic ingredient that will enable aquaculture to expand more quickly, independent of wild-caught fish stocks, enhancing global food security.

 The goal of the F3 Fish Oil Challenge is to accelerate the availability of cost-competitive, viable alternatives to fish oil that provide the essential nutritional components for fish that at the same time help reduce demand for wild-caught for fish feed and enhance food security.

 To learn more and register to compete, click here. 

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KAHL Company Profile

 Amandus Kahl, founded in 1876 and family-owned since generations, is a medium-sized manufacturer of domestic waste pelleting plants, waste tyre recycling plants and other technical solutions.

 Research, design, development and synergies are key features of the company. Complete turn-key compound feed factories, wood pelleting plants, domestic waste pelleting plants and waste tyre recycling plants are supplied to well-known companies throughout the world.

 For the recycling industry, we offer complete waste tyre recycling plants, domestic waste pelleting plants as well as straw, biomass and wood pelleting plants. In all areas, we are among the leading international manufacturers.

 With more than 800 employees, a worldwide network of agencies, service technicians, subsidiaries and sales offices, we provide support to our customers every day, around the globe. The machines and plant parts are manufactured near Hamburg and Bremen, i.e. quality "Made in Germany".

 Through constant systematic and extensive investments in modern machining centres, we ensure the high quality of our products such as waste tyre recycling plants, pelleting presses for compound feed or granulation machines. Benefit from our know-how when it comes to recycling, pelleting or granulation.

 Visit the KAHL website here. 

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