Wednesday, August 16, 2017

An interview with Ola Eriksen, CEO and organiser of AquaNor

An interview with Ola Eriksen, CEO and organiser of AquaNor and Nor-Fishing brings us up to date on this year's event and future plans for Trondheim, Norway

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

16/08/2017: Gael Force secure prestigious order to supply Marine Harvest Scotland with feed barges

Gael Force Group, trusted Scottish manufacturer and supplier of aquaculture equipment, technology and services, has announced that they have secured a prestigious new order, to build and supply Marine Harvest Scotland with a series of SeaMate 400T concrete feed barges complete with state-of-the-art SeaFeed Offshore Feeding System

The deal marks a milestone moment for the Group, making it their largest ever single order and further endorses the company’s strong position as a leading Scottish manufacturer and supplier to the aquaculture industry.

Marine Harvest Barge
Image credit: Gael Force Group

In announcing the news, Gael Force Group MD Stewart Graham said, “ … the face of tough competition we are delighted to be favoured with this order from Marine Harvest. We are now building our 80th Feed Barge for the industry, and have been proud to supply all of the main Scottish Salmon producers including many previous barges for Marine Harvest. As a direct consequence of the success of Scottish Salmon we have created many new jobs this year and will continue to recruit on the back of this order. We are grateful to Marine Harvest for placing their order and their trust in Gael Force as a leading Scottish fish farming supplier…”.

He added, “ it can and should be recognised that when all of the stakeholders in our industry, including producers, planners and regulators, work together then we can grow together. It is essential that our regulators take an enabling and proportionate approach to supporting the development of the great Scottish success story that Salmon is. There are huge positive benefits to the wider rural economy and its communities and this order is a great example of that positive impact on the Highland economy. We trust that all necessary support will be given to support the further development of our industry in line with our strategy out to 2030”.

It is not the first time Gael Force has supplied Marine Harvest Scotland with 400T Feed Barges – among other barges previously supplied they took delivery of two 400T SeaMates at their Muck and Colonsay sites which have proven to be extremely effective, with excellent sea keeping characteristics in extreme weather conditions.

Constructed to house 400T nominal feed capacity in six silos, the SeaMate is designed to be sufficiently robust to withstand all reasonably anticipated load combinations and be durable to provide a long, low maintenance service life in the severe marine environment.

Additionally due to the design and construction of the SeaMate feed barges where the bulk of the silo capacity of the barge is below the waterline, this creates a very small visual footprint and high levels of noise suppression above and below the water due to the concrete structure whose walls are 300mm thick.

A number of energy saving initiatives are also being looked at, which include the use of LED lighting and trickle charging from small wind turbines. Feed delivery from the barges will come via Gael Force’s recently developed offshore feeding system, SeaFeed, a robust and reliable system which offers operators a simple and intuitive, but user configurable control software to accurately deliver feed in an energy efficient manner, with low noise output and reduced maintenance requirements.

Farm operator safety and prevention of water ingress are an integral part of SeaFeed’s selector design and there is an emphasis on ensuring the integrity of the barge, with a watertight “homing” position which the swan neck delivery pipe defaults to when not feeding, or when a pipe becomes detached.

SeaFeed’s user friendly software is simply and clearly presented, and offers accurate environmental and feed pattern logging, amongst other great features. The initial three barge order also has options for Marine Harvest to commission further barge construction with Gael Force and allows standardisation of the new site locations that are currently being proposed and developed by Marine Harvest.

The initial order will enable the creation of around 20 new jobs at the Group, adding to the 43 staff that have already joined the company this year, and a doubling of capacity at their Inverness based manufacturing facility which will also assist in accommodating an increased programme of barge builds over the coming two years that also has also included barge build capacity for other Scottish Salmon producers.

Gael Force also anticipates that a minimum of another twelve jobs will be created in the Group’s own supply chain and the wider rural Highland economy.

Gael Force Group are currently attending Aqua Nor; the aquaculture industry’s most prestigious exhibition in Trondheim, Norway, where visitors are being treated to a physical demonstrations of SeaFeed, in addition to their Pen Technology offerings, including SeaSight Underwater Cameras, SeaLight Underwater Lights and SeaGuard Seal Deterrents.

Visit the Gael Force Group website, HERE.

Visit the Marine Harvest Scotland website, HERE.

Visit the Aqua Nor website, HERE.

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16/08/2017: Preserving the value of your feed – with MoldCid

One of the most critical factors in global feed and food production is the prevention of post-harvest losses

The post-harvest system encompasses the delivery of a crop from the time and place of harvest to the time and place of consumption, ideally with minimum loss and maximum efficiency. Even under optimal growing and harvesting conditions, immediate post-harvest losses are common.
Prevention is the recommended method to avoid nutrient losses and mycotoxin contamination due to mouldy feeds. This means minimising the microbial spoilage from the time of harvest to the time when the material is finally used.

Using MoldCid for this purpose protects the animals and increases the efficiency of feed production, thereby also reducing feed costs. As a result, the profitability of animal production increases.

Highly effective against moulds
Due to its lipophilic character, the propionic acid-based MoldCid is especially effective against moulds, making it the product of choice for feed preservation. MoldCid is also active at a neutral pH, which more closely matches the native pH value in grain and feed. 

A valuable tool to show the efficacy of MoldCid is the carbon dioxide test. This test measures the volume of CO2 formed by microorganisms in grain. As moulds grow, they consume oxygen from the air and produce CO2.

The higher the amount of CO2, the higher the contamination with moulds in the substrate. As shown in figure 1, the application of MoldCid considerably decreases the CO2 production in grain, giving a clear indication that MoldCid reduces microbial activity and improves feed hygiene.

Health and cost-effectiveness: valid reasons to use MoldCid
Moulds in feed are a serious economic problem because they consume the main nutrients and affect the palatability of the feed. Losses of nutrients caused by moulds can be as high as 10 percent. Especially the crude fat content of grains is affected by mould growth during storage, even more so than proteins and carbohydrates. 

Figure credit: Dr Eckel
Losses in metabolisable energy from maize may even reach 25 percent, necessitating the use of additional costly sources of energy, for instance fat and oil, in the formulation. Preventing spoilage by the application of MoldCid will therefore save money and resources.

Apart from nutrient losses, moulds also produce mycotoxins, threatening animal and human health. Many studies in the literature show the detrimental effects of mycotoxins on animal health and performance.

The sensitivity for these effects depends on animal category, age, health status and also duration and level of exposure. Aflatoxins can be transferred into animal tissues and therefore pose a serious risk for the consumer (carry-through-effect). Preventing the build-up of Aflatoxins during storage by preserving the feeds with MoldCid will help to keep these dangers under control.

Protecting workers and equipment – without losing efficacy
The protection of staff and equipment is an important criterion when evaluating mould inhibitors. Companies often face the decision of investing in acid-resistant equipment or having to replace corroded parts regularly. 

Figure credit: Dr Eckel
Choosing the non-corrosive MoldCid, a unique blend of buffered propionic acid on a special carrier and propionic acid salts, solves this problem without losing efficacy. MoldCid has the added effect of avoiding chemical reactions between the acid and other ingredients in the feed.It guarantees a reliable and powerful preservation of grain and other raw materials - during harvest, in the feed mill and on the farm (Fig 2).

Application tips
The preservation success depends on a variety of factors. The dosage rate has to be adapted to the type of raw material, moisture content and storage time. MoldCid should be applied before the grain is milled. If the preserved grain is stored outside, it has to be covered, but not before at least three days have elapsed to avoid the formation of condensed water.

Regular sensory control is advisable to detect any spoilage in time. Often, not enough attention is given to the condition of the storerooms. One reason is the poor accessibility of the silos where the feed is stored. The hatch is usually at the top of the silo and routine hygiene inspections and manual cleaning procedures are difficult to perform. Cleaning hatches are also often not available.

Condensation can form on the walls inside of silos and lead to the formation of isolated nests of moulds that may spread through the complete feedstock. For optimal feed hygiene, it is therefore essential to address raw material preservation and silo hygiene at the same time.

The non-corrosive MoldCid is the ideal product to use for these purposes. No technical investments are necessary for application.

Grain preservation with MoldCid can make an important contribution to the improvement of feed hygiene, thereby furthering the production of healthy food. The reduction of mould-induced losses and the prevention of mycotoxin build-up helps to save raw materials, minimise costs, and increase the efficiency of food production.

Read more, HERE.

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16/08/2017: World Aquaculture 2017, Cape Town, South Africa

A Report and View of Professor Simon Davies FRSB (Editor, International Aquafeed) 

The World Aquaculture 2017 event in Cape Town, South Africa was the first occasion for its venue in the African continent, with a strong theme underpinning the ethos of sustainable aquatic food production from a variety of production systems including finfish and marine invertebrates of high commercial value over an intensive five days

Simon Davies
Sustainable Aquaculture New Frontiers for Economic Growth’ This was the theme that captured this multi-disciplinary industry with sponsors such as the prime gold Sponsor Aller Aqua, feed manufactures based in Denmark that have a strong presence in Africa and a number of session sponsors from leading companies involved in aquatic health, nutrition and fish biology (MSD, Skretting, World Fish).

Many other leading industrial groups such as feed and nutrition companies from across the globe were present and International Aquafeed were of course there to interact and report. The conference setting (Cape Town International Convention Centre) near the impressive wharf and sea front with its modern bars and fine restaurants provided a most professional assemblage of commercial companies, government bodies (The Department of Science & Technology, Republic of South Africa), technologists and numerous students associated with the fish farming industry representing global interests and the socio-economic as well as technological advancement of aquaculture throughout the continent of Africa and beyond.

This annual meeting was co-organised by the Aquaculture Association of Southern Aquaculture Africa (AASA And the South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry And Fisheries, DAFF). It also attracted support from World Fish Centre, The African Union and NEPAD amongst others.

The attendance was very good and certainly international as I met many colleagues from various countries, all contributing to the speaking programme of scientific presentations and those representing industry at the large exhibition complex and stands. The focus was clearly on South Africa with its rich potential for developing aquaculture but with much representation internationally for established and emerging technologies in fish and crustacean farming, as well as shellfish and exotic species relevant to other parts of the world with emphasis on South East Asia and beyond.

It was my first opportunity to meet young talented students from Stellenbosch University, famous for agriculture but with a strong fish group working on areas such as fish nutrition and feed technology. I met with a Professor whose company is Africa’s only feed extruder manufacturer with bespoke equipment for fish feed production suited to local species but with much potential for export into Europe, for advanced fish feed production.

The trade show and exhibitors were very busy with a great attendance in full flow with many key areas covered with an array of specialist equipment and products on display. More than 2,000 delegates from across the global aquaculture industry and related sectors registered for the event, comprising a good number of local students from Colleges and Universities in South Africa, Africa and beyond to whom I was able to meet and chat.

The trade show encompassed some 90 exhibitors in the main hall and a separate function and lecture halls was available for the academic sessions running in parallel. There was a very wide ranging display of posters from academia reflecting many of the specialised topics with a strong research focus mainly the work of postgraduate students from leading universities and colleges from all over the world in all manner of disciplines embracing mainly the aquaculture biosciences.

On the nutrition front, the Nutreco owned Skretting feed company (Skretting Africa) was fully behind the conference in Cape Town. It funded and hosted a special seminar at the event, called 'Tilapia Nutrition Symposium' that focused particularly on tilapia feeds, feed ingredients and nutrition and was chaired by Dr Arjen Roem, Technical Director at Skretting Africa and Dr Lourens De Wet, Director of Nutrition Hub (formerly University of Stellenbosch).

Visit the World Aquaculture Society website, HERE.

Read the full report, HERE.

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Amandus Kahl company profile

More than 130 years of experience in plant and machine manufacture have made Amandus Kahl a respected manufacturer and supplier of extruders, compound feed presses, wood pelleting plants or granulate coolers, for example.

The company’s motivation has always been to develop an even better product for their customers. For this reason they cooperate with research institutes and universities. You can always be sure that they will supply you an optimally customised wood pelleting plant, grain cooking plant, waste-tyre recycling plant etc.

Their scope of services also comprises maintenance and repair of the compacting machines, compound feed presses, extruders and wood pelleting plants as well as all other products they offer in their company.

Visit the website HERE.

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AquaNor 2017 opening ceremony - LIVE!

The International Aquafeed team are in Trondheim, Norway for the 2017 AquaNor event. Here we bring you the opening ceremony live! 

Norwegian Minister of Fisheries Per Sandberg opens this year's AquaNor in Trondheim and outlines the importance of aquaculture, its responsibilities and is significant future potential in in opening remarks

The Mayor of Trondheim Rita Irene Ottervik recalls the significant development of AquaNor and the impact it has had locally both on business and on education.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

15/08/2017: BioMar celebrates 10 years of strategic sustainability with BioSustain

Today at Aqua Nor 2017, the BioMar Group takes a moment to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the BioSustain™ concept with a rooftop party at their new offices in Norway

Sustainability has long been in the DNA of BioMar however the development of BioSustain firmly established the company as the forerunner in driving sustainable innovation through collaborative partnerships in the aquaculture industry. 

Image credit: BioMar Group
“At BioMar we are proud of our long history in sustainability”, said Carlos Diaz, CEO BioMar Group, “over a decade ago we recognised the need to find sustainable solutions to fishmeal and fish oil and believed that ‘profit through sustainability’ was possible.”

It was BioMar who pioneered the introduction of extruded fish feed in the 1960’s, which enabled a significant reduction on the negative impact to the local water environment.

BioMar created ECOLINE which was the first declared environmentally friendly fish feed in the world, winning the Danish Environmental Award in 1988. Already in 1997 sustainability had become a core strategic pillar for the company and by the launch of the BioSustain concept in 2007, at the Brussels seafood exhibition, BioMar had already established themselves as innovators in the fish feed industry.

The BioSustain concept is the foundation for BioMar’s extensive work and covers sustainability across all three dimensions; economy, environment and society. BioSustain is a dynamic platform that continues to adapt to the fluid environment of stakeholder demands in the aquaculture industry.

It was developed in collaboration with BASF and in parallel with DNV’s ProSustain program and today at Aqua Nor 2017, BioMar Group celebrates the 10 year anniversary of this initiative.

The project was born out of the need to reduce the dependence on marine based fishmeal and fish oil and the original concept focused on fish feed solutions for salmon.

“It has long since been possible to replace fishmeal with other protein sources, but we didn’t stop there -We continue to push the innovation frontier and today we can produce fish feeds with zero inclusion of marine ingredients where the fish oil is replaced with microalgae, omega-3 in their native form”, explains Carlos Diaz.

BioMar Group has been a leader in global aquaculture sustainability for over a decade and they continue to raise the bar higher. The next evolution in their BioSustain program is the creation of a fully integrated tool for tracking and measuring sustainability at the sourcing side of the value chain.

“We are currently working on Triple S (Sustainable Solution Steering), which will fundamentally change the way we source raw materials and give us full transparency so that we can measure sustainability at the origin of the value chain,” explains Vidar Gundersen, Global Sustainability Director, BioMar Group.

When completed, Triple S will be the first of its kind in the aquaculture industry and will continue BioMar Group’s long tradition of being at the forefront of the aquaculture sustainable agenda.

Visit the BioMar Group website, HERE.

Visit the Aqua Nor website, HERE.

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15/08/2017: World Aquaculture 2017 releases the DTPod: 360 degree viewing camera

In the exciting world of underwater robotics, Deep Trekker is a global leader in rugged and portable submersible robots

Today, Deep Trekker is pleased to announce their newest product line, the DTPod. This submersible surveillance camera is designed for both drop camera inspections and permanent installations, providing instant video to the surface from underwater. 

Image credit: Deep Trekker
Deep Trekker’s DTG2 and DTX2 underwater drones (Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) are operating in more than 80 countries globally; their flagship products becoming the “go to” tool for a multitude of underwater industries.

With an innovation award from the North American Society for Trenchless Technology, the recent release of a 4K-camera upgrade to the DTG2 and DTX2 ROVs, and the launch of the uniquely designed magnetic DT640 Utility Crawler, 2017 has been an incredible year thus far.

In keeping with the forward momentum driven by listening to customer feedback and a desire to continue to implement innovative technology, Deep Trekker is pleased to introduce the DTPod. It is designed to be installed as a permanent fixture, or used as a drop camera.

The handheld controller is able to relay real time visuals and data to the surface by simply plugging in the controller topside and having the 360 pan and tilt camera go to work. The same splash proof controller can allow access to an entire fleet of installed cameras without having to maneuver large, bulky equipment or risk a laptop near water.

The DTPod will allow fish farmers to have easy access to their nets, moorings and fish behaviour. Likewise, the DTPod can also be utilised as a convenient option for structural inspections, such as tanks or bridges.

The design principals are based on the same favourite features of other Deep Trekker products; portability, durability, ease of use, and low cost of ownership. The DTPod is built with rugged 316 stainless steel to withstand long installations, even at great depths (depth rating options of 300m (1000ft).

Additional options include zoom camera upgrades, wipers and thrusters when working in high current areas. Equipped with a low light HD camera and powerful LED floodlights, the camera delivers high quality imagery, making it the perfect addition to underwater ROVs.

Read the full article, HERE.

Visit the Deep Trekker website, HERE.

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Extru-Tech Inc company profile

Founded in 1985, Extru-Tech® has installed numerous extrusion systems worldwide designed for the production of human food, pet food, aquatic feed and animal feed products.

Extru-Tech® also maintains the reputation of supplying the extrusion industry with superior quality replacement parts.

Extru-Tech® currently produces and markets one of the industry's most complete lines of extrusion processing systems. 

In addition, they offer a full line of ancillary equipment and customised equipment solutions for specialised processes.

Visit the website HERE

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14/08/2017: BAADER chosen as main supplier for Cermaq’s new salmon plant

BAADER Managing Director Robert Focke is happy that Cermaq has chosen BAADER (Germany) as supplier for their new state-of-the-art salmon processing plant in Norway

"BAADER is proud to deliver a high-tech and cutting-edge plant for slaughtering and processing of salmon", says Mr Focke.

Knut Ellekjær (CEO Cermaq Norway) and Robert Focke (Managing Director Baader) together with the project team after successfully signing the contract.
Image credit: BAADER

Opening in 2nd quarter of 2018 In March this year construction works began at Cermaq's new salmon plant at Storskjæret in Norwegian Steigen. Baader has been chosen as the main supplier and contractor of the factory which will cover about 8,000 square meters.

The factory will be ready for start-up during the 2nd quarter of 2018. Atle Kvist, Project Manager at Cermaq Norway, says that totality was important for the company.

"Together with Baader, we came up with a good and comprehensive solution for the slaughterhouse that meets today's needs. In addition, it provides us with a good platform for future development", Mr Kvist states. "For Cermaq it is an advantage to have one main contractor."

The world’s best

"One should always be careful using big words but in this case one can truely say that this factory will be the world's best and most effective salmon processing plant, no doubt", says Vidar Breiteig, Managing Director of Baader Norway.

"The finest quality will be pumped in from the cages. Our factory takes care of this quality better than any other salmon processing plant", he says.

The new salmon plant will be packed with innovations, all of them engineered, designed, manufactured and installed by BAADER.

Such projects are commonly described as “wall-to-wall“-solutions, including all processing lines, filleting, controlling and packing ready for transport.

As main contractor, Baader also carries the responsibility for all subcontractors.

Main supplier
"We are responsible for the entire flow. From live fish entering the plant up to packing with the new high-speed packing grader from BAADER. All this happens in a factory with high-tech automation controlled by BAADER's own software B'Logic® Processing Software which integrates CodeIT's unique labeling software system. This provides Cermaq with one single software platform for the entire factory. Cermaq will be the first company equipped according to the Industry 4.0 manufacturing facility standard", says Robert Focke, responsible for BAADER’s worldwide fish processing business.

Cermaq supplies high-quality salmon with animal welfare being an important concern to the company. With BAADER, Cermaq has found the perfect solution to ensure both product quality and animal welfare as well as maximum cost-efficiency.

Unique system

"The flow is controlled all the way from the holding pens via "stun & bleed" further to the gutting machines where the salmon is gutted, weighed and photographed for inside quality grading. All registered information then follows each individual fish and makes it traceable until it reaches the customer.

BAADER's new "Speed feeder" ensures efficient distribution to each of the new BA144 gutting machines and up to our new packing grader with a capacity of up to 160 fish/minute. When the plant is completed in 2018 it will be an important showcase for BAADER", Mr Focke ends.

Visit the BAADER website, HERE.

Visit the Cermaq website, HERE.

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

14/08/2017: Innovation and design in maritime industry at Aqua Nor, Norway

Innovation has been and will continue to be central to the development of modern aquaculture

Place: Meeting room M8, mezzanine floor at Aqua Nor
Time: Wednesday 16 August 2017 - 13:30 - 15:00

Rights and regulations can determine if innovation succeeds or fails. Do not miss this seminar that shows how innovating businesses can get support from institutions and government programs when developing new technology and products.

Image credit: Aqua Nor

The seminar is organised by the Nor-Fishing Foundation and The Norwegian Industrial Property Office with presentations by:

• The Research Counsil of Norway
• Design and Architecture Norway (DOGA)
• Nordlacs from the innovation cluster NCE Aquaculture
• The Norwegian Industrial Property Office

Read more about the seminar, HERE.

About Aqua Nor

Since 1979, Aqua Nor has been an important international meeting place for the aquaculture industry, and it is today the world’s largest aquaculture technology exhibition.

During Aqua Nor, numerous seminars, mini-conferences, lectures, debates and presentations are held. Visitors and exhibitors alike can participate in various social events both during the day and in the evening.

The conditions are perfect for meeting old friends as well as new contacts and customers in an informal setting.

International Aquafeed magazine
The team at International Aquafeed magazine will be in attendance at Aqua Nor 2017, amongst the industry and reporting on the event. Print copies of the magazine will be located on the media desk, available to attendees of the show. We hope to see you there!

Read the online version of International Aquafeed, HERE.

Visit the International Aquafeed website, HERE.

Visit the Aqua Nor website, HERE.

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14/08/2017: Oxygenation in intensive commercial fish farms using Oxyflow®

by Henning Gatz, President, AquaCare Environment Inc., USA

Having been involved in fish farm design, construction and support since 1987, I have seen many “new” technologies come and go

Image credit: Aquacare Environment Inc
Often a vendor offers a “black box” that is intended to solve problems for fish farmers and reduce risk. Many of these are backed by slick brochures and hefty advertising budgets, but still fail to become adopted by the aquaculture industry.

The reason is usually that the “black box” does not live up to its promise, is too complicated, too expensive, and too unreliable. One of the key process technologies required for intensive fish farming is dissolving oxygen gas into the farm water.

There are many technologies available to accomplish this, ranging from simple low head oxygenators (LHO) to very elaborate, multi-stage processes operating at elevated pressures and controlled by computers.

What the commercial fish farmer really wants and needs is a simple, reliable process for dissolving oxygen gas into the water that does not cost more than necessary and can be maintained by farm personnel without a huge time requirement.

Above all it needs to be reliable, even during disruptive events like power failures. In 2010, JLH Consulting and Aquacare began an initiative to lower the cost of land-based intensive fish farming operations.

This initiative focused on two of the largest cost factors: pumping head and oxygenation. The pumping head has now been reduced by several meters by lowering the bio filter and CO2 strippers to a level where gravity can supply them, and only pumping clean filtered water back to the fish tanks with high flow, low head pumps.

This reduction in pumping head led to another challenge; oxygenation with lower head. In 2012, we had the good fortune to meet the people at France Oxygenation (FOX) who have developed and marketed a simple, reliable and efficient oxygen saturator under the name of Oxyflow®.

Upon closer examination, this unit process technology was exactly what we were seeking to lower the cost of dissolving large amounts of oxygen into the fish farm water, reliably and efficiently.

Fox Oxygenation was established as a specialist oxygenation technology company in 2005, after founder Bohumil Sevic developed the technology in 1977 as a research engineer for Air Liquide in France.

He was able to retain the I.P. after leaving Air Liquide. Since then Mr Sevic has continued to refine and evolve the technology to where it is today.

Read the full article, HERE.

Visit the Aquacare Environment Inc website, HERE.

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Bühler company profile

There are plenty of good reasons for Bühler’s success: Personal commitment, clever entrepreneurial decision-making, a high level of sensitivity to the changing needs of the market, and a core business that has become a byword for quality and consistency, founded on the distinct power to innovate.

Tackling the challenges of the period and of the market have always played a role in shaping the direction of the company. This is simply something that Buhler has always done, and when it comes to generating benefits and added value for our customers, we have always been a step ahead.

Bühler is a specialist and technology partner for plant and equipment and related services for processing basic foods and manufacturing high-grade materials. The Group is a global market leader in the supply of flour production plants, pasta and chocolate production lines, fish and animal feed manufacturing installations, and aluminium die casting systems.

The core technologies of the Group are in the field of mechanical and thermal process engineering. With its expertise and over 150 years of experience, Bühler time and again rolls out unique and innovative solutions for its customers, helping them achieve success in the marketplace.

Over the decades Bühler has come to be acknowledged as a reliable partner thanks to its distinct commitment to quality and its global presence.

Bühler Group operates in over 140 countries, has a global payroll of 7860, and generated sales revenues of CHF1907 million in fiscal 2010.

Visit the website HERE.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

11/08/2017: Innovation Award finalists at Aqua Nor, Planktonic

Planktonic supplies technology that we know mainly from science fiction: They cryopreserve living animal plankton and let the fish farmers revive the plankton when the fish is to be fed

For the researchers behind the technology, this work has been long and complicated – but for the fish farmer it is quick and simple to use. Just how Planktonic manages to capture large amounts of living animal plankton, cryopreserve the plankton, store, transport and then revive it, is a well-guarded secret. But it is beyond doubt that they have succeeded, and on an industrial scale. 

Artemia is the most used live feed in the industry today
Image credit: Planktonic
A big problem in farming of marine species

Planktonic has a good reason to keep their cards close to the chest. The believe they have found the answer to one of the greatest problems in marine fish farming: Without live feed rich in essential marine fatty acids, mortality is too high and growth rates too low in relation to the potential that the fish has.


Planktonic has for over a decade worked on the technology and methods that allow them to harvest, store and transport live animal plankton directly to the fish farmer. The use, i.a., cryopreservation technology. Cryopreservation is a way in which you can freeze living organisms without damaging or killing the organism, and then later revive it.

The problem about marine aquaculture today is that artemia, which is the species that fish farmers use as live feed, originates in salt inland lakes – not in the ocean. This plankton must be hatched and cultivated in tanks on the fish farming premises, where they are fed large amounts of algae.

The juvenile fish then eat the artemia and in this way get the nutrition from the algae. To spend time growing the fish feed requires a lot of time and money for the fish farmers. In addition, it is well known that artemia is a source of many un-wanted bacteria and viruses in the tanks where they are being cultivated.

Revolutionary development
Another problem with artemia is that this plankton is low on the important marine fatty acids, which make the fish grow fast, and has a good health. “There is a lot of evolution in aquaculture, - a constant flow of incremental improvements” says CEO of Planktonic, Mr Rune Husby.

“But this, on the other hand, is a revolution. To deliver live feed, rich in marine fatty acids, directly from the sea in a way that is simple to use for the fish farmer, changes all the premises for those who want to farm species like cod, halibut, shrimp and other marine species.”

At the Government Conference on Future Aquaculture, Prime Minister Erna Solberg mentioned Planktonic as an example of a company that can contribute to developing aquaculture of species which over time may become as big as salmon.

Incredibly simple

“When we have tests and demonstrations for fish farmers, we have to spend the first few hours explaining the simplicity of our product. They are so used to spending a lot of time and labour on live feeds that they do not believe that we can supply a product as simple as we do,” says Mr Husby.

Back from the dead
After having harvested the plankton, it must go through a cryopreservation process in order to be able to revive it later. Before freezing, the plankton is mixed with a specially designed cryopreservation liquid, whereafter it is packed in flat bags which are stored in liquid nitrogen at -196 degrees Celsius, with practically unlimited durability.

The bags weigh about 600 g each, and one bag contains about 30 million plankton. At the fish farm, the farmer only needs to thaw the bag in salt water. The plankton is then revived and becomes a natural feed with the correct nutritional value for the fish juveniles.

Healthy and strong fish

The company has undertaken research and tested the feed on a number of different marine species – and the results have been very encouraging all the way. Larvae and juveniles that are fed Planktonic feed show faster growth than the control groups. The fish farmers also register lower mortality, better pigmentation and in general a more robust and more healthy fish.

Ready for the world market – starting in Norway
Planktonic has developed this technology and these methods since the company was started in 2009, but did not perform any industrial scale tests until 2016. While getting ready to launch the product on world markets, they have supplied feed to Norwegian farmers of wrasse and lumpfish over the past year. The farmers were quick to order feed for their next batch as soon as they saw the results of the first batch.

Out into the world – also with production

The animal plankton that Planktonic harvests is found many places all over the world. Production of Planktonic’s live feed is consequently not limited to Norway. “There are enormous amounts of this species in many ocean areas across the globe. That means that we can establish factories several places in the world – depending on where the demand is,” says Mr Husby.

Superior survival rate During the Cleanerfish Conference 2017, organised by the Fisheries and Aquaculture Research Fund, CEO of Salmar’s lumpish farm at Langstein, Mr Marco Schaer, presented their experiences using Planktonic’s cryoplankton. Schaer presented figures that showed that mortality had been reduced from 18% to 3% through the use of Planktonic’s feed.

Less bacteria

A positive bi-effect of cryopreservation is also that the occurrence of bacteria is much lower in cryopreserved plankton than in other live feeds. The cryopreservation process includes replacing the water in the plankton with the cryopreservation liquid.

Without this liquid, the plankton cells would be torn apart during freezing. The cryopreservation liquid and the freezing to -196 degrees at the same time kills most bacteria and viruses that is found in other live feeds – and thus the fish farmer eliminates many sources of contamination and outbreaks of disease that the industry is struggling with today and which costs them a lot of money.

And now, the company is ready to go out into the world to pursue its great goal: To replace all use of other live feeds with KryoPlankton!

Visit the Aqua Nor website, HERE.

Visit the Planktonic website, HERE.

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11/08/2017: China International Food & Feed Processing Industry Exhibition (CICFO)

The China International Food & Feed Processing Industry Exhibition (CICFO) takes an international perspective of food and feed processing, aiming to provide comprehensive solutions
Since its establishment in 2013, the scale of the show, and the scope of its display has grown rapidly alongside a myriad of professional visitors. This year it will present a wide range of food and feed manufacturing equipment, and facilitate technical exchanges and trade development.

CICFO 2017 will be held at the Beijing International Exhibition Centre from September 11th to 13th, 2017.

The exhibition area will exceed 30,000 square meters, of which 27,000 square meters will be displayed in the exhibition area. This enormous area will be populated by more than 450 exhibitors, of which the almost one third are of international background, and more than 28,000 attendees.


At CICFO 2017, Build My Flour mill 2017 will be presented for the first time alongside the second iteration of its sister event, Build My Feed Mill. Each conference will use a programme that arranges speakers into a coherent order following the flowchart progress of a flour or feed mill. In this way, these unique conferences allow for a comprehensive and in-depth analysis of food and feed milling machinery, as well as the industries themselves.

With a packed speaker list for the first ever Build My Flour Mill conference, corporate partners have flocked to this one day conference with enthusiasm. Our partners include high profile companies each producing more than 3,000 tonnes of flour per day.
They include:

• Wudeli Group;
• Yihaikerry Group;
• Lamsoon Group;
• Hengfeng Group;
• Bei Da Huang Group;
• Luwang Group;
• Fengzheng; and,
• Zhongyu.

Here is a highlight on one of our International speakers

Eren Gunhan Ulusoy, TFIF Chairman
Eren Gunhan Ulusoy

Graduated from Bogazici University, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Department of Business Administration in 2003 and completed his Master’s Degree in 2014 at 19 Mayıs University, Department of Agricultural Economics.

In July 2003, he started working for export department of Ulusoy Flour Company. In July 2004, he was appointed as the General Manager in October 2010 as Chief Executive Officer in March 2015 as the Chairman of the Board of Ulusoy.

Besides several memberships of many social and professional societies,he is the Chairman of the board of Turkish Flour Industrialists’ Federation, Vice Chairman of Black Sea Cereal, Pulse and Oil Seeds Exporters Union and Vice Chairman of Samsun Commodity Exchange.

Günhan Ulusoy is attending at several national and international conferences and meeting and in most of them participating as speaker of the conferences. Some of them are Global Grain Geneva, Global Grain Singapore and meeting of EU Flour Millers’ Association, International Grain Council and International Association of Operative Millers (IAOM).

After great success of the first Build My Feed Mill conference this year in Bangkok, it has been extended to include a full day of speakers. Join us for an event sponsored by a myriad of companies, including:
• Cargill – 33 feed mills in China; Puruina - 17 feed mills in China; Tongwei - 130 feed mills in Asia; Puai Group - 6 feed mills in China; DBN - 53 feed mills in Asia.
• Contifeed - 40 feed mills in China; CP Group; ADM; Haid Group - 60 feed mills in China; Twins Group - 60 feed mills in China; New hope agri - 50 feed mills in China.
• Evergreen Conglomerate; Well hope Group - 19 feed mills in China; Trs Group - 40 feed mills in China; Zhengbang Group - 20 feed mills in China; TQLS Group - 51 feed mills in China.

Here are also some highlights of the high profile speakers featured at our event: 

Analysis of Maize Deep Processing Industry
Wei Xuming, Secretary General
China Starch Industry Association

The role of silver in the precise management of feed production
Sunny Shang, FSQR Lead

Visit the event website, HERE.

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11/08/2017: Transforming connectivity with live remote viewing

by Durval Tavares, CEO, Aquabotix Technology Corporation

As the world’s population continues to grow, aquaculture is becoming an increasingly important high-protein food source

Image credit: Aquabotix
In fact, fish farming has achieved higher growth rates than any other food production sector in the past 40 years and it continues to grow at an impressive rate, typically enjoying five to six percent annual increases in production.

However, unlike beef and pork farmers, fish farmers face unique challenges associated with breeding food animals under the sea. Technological innovation to address these challenges has lagged in comparison to many other industries.

Fortunately, this has begun to change over the past few years, as recent advances in underwater drones (known in the industry as Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) and underwater camera systems have helped make aquaculture safer, more efficient and more profitable.

Now, new digital platforms and cloud connectivity are about to transform the industry, bringing with them enterprise operations management capabilities designed to take aquaculture to the next level.

Last October, I traveled to Chile to take part in the four-day AquaSur 2016 conference. I was able to spend a few hours at a local fish farm, seeing the operations firsthand and speaking with the operators to deepen my understanding of aquaculturists’ challenges and needs.

I have long known that frequent monitoring and inspections of the livestock, internal and external predator nets, and water quality are essential to the success of any aquaculture operation.

During my visit, I also received significant insight into just how costly, time-consuming and inefficient it can be to send divers into the water to inspect the fish, cages or pens, and water quality, and then have them document their findings manually. The information they gather must be documented manually, after the fact, which limits the thoroughness and accuracy of those inspection reports.

Plus, there is inherent risk for divers conducting underwater inspections. More importantly, it isn’t practical to have continuous diver inspections. If something happens in between inspections such as seals successfully breaching the predator net, the result could be a significant financial loss.

Feed represents a significant percentage of a fish farm’s operating costs; as much as 75 percent in some finfish operations, according to NOAA. I also learned that overfeeding could have a negative environmental impact, thanks to the discharge of nutrients from the uneaten feed that drifts into the water columns. And I saw for myself the challenge of collecting morts that don’t naturally make their way into the mort collection area on their own.

Read the full article, HERE.

Visit the Aquabotix website, HERE.

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Jefo company profile

Jefo is a world leader in the field of non-medicated performance feed additives for the poultry, swine, ruminant and aquaculture sectors. Founded in Canada in 1982, today Jefo has offices on 5 continents, and specialises in the design, manufacturing, warehousing and JIT-distribution of an array of animal nutrition specialty products.

Jefo is a pioneer in the green revolution taking place in animal nutrition.

According to their website: "Our commitment is to providing effective alternatives for optimal performances in animal nutrition".

The Europe / Africa division of Jefo was created in 1998 and is headquartered in Nantes, France. We market a line of original products including vitamins, enzymes, organic acids and essential oils.

Visit the website HERE.

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10/08/2017: Asian Pacific Aquaculture 2017

The Asian Pacific Aquaculture 2017 (APA17) conference and exhibition was held from July 24th to July 27th, 2017 at the Putra World Trade Center (PWTC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

APA17 was attended by approximately 3,000 participants from 46 countries, with 87 percent coming from Asia. Others were from USA, Canada and South America (137) and from Europe (75).

There was a total of 444 abstracts with 325 oral presentations and 119 posters with 37 sessions. At the trade show, there were more than 170 booths.

Exhibitors were from 20 countries led by Malaysia, Singapore, USA, Thailand and Taiwan. Products on display included complete feeds, feed ingredients and additives, health and diagnostic services, farming equipment and electronics, cages, tanks, liners, nets, pipes and fittings etc.

APA17 was the annual meeting of the Asian Pacific Chapter of the World Aquaculture Society. It was jointly organised by the Malaysian Fisheries Society (MFS), Universiti Putra Malaysia, and World Aquaculture Society.

It was hosted by the Department of Fisheries (DOF), Ministry of Agriculture and Agro Based Industry, Malaysia. The plenary session on July 25 started with a presentation by Mr Herve Lucien-Brun, Aquaculture & Qualite from France, titled "Marketing of farmed seafood from Asia to global markets".

Mr Abdullah Abd Rahim, President of Malaysian Fisheries Society and
Dr Mazuki Hashim, Director of Department of Fisheries.

The second plenary was given by Dr Mazuki Bin Hashim, Senior Director of Fisheries Biosecurity Division for the Department of Fisheries Malaysia who presented “Transforming the Aquaculture industry in Malaysia.

The opening ceremony, jointly organised by DOF and MFS, was attended by farmers and members of the various aquaculture industry in Malaysia. Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Malaysia, Dato Nogeh Anak Gumbek opened APA 17 conference and trade show.

The Malaysian Farmers Day program was attended by local fish farmers. It was chaired by Mr Abdullah Abd Rahim, President of Malaysian Fisheries Society and Dr Mazuki Hashim, Director of Department of Fisheries.

Local and international experts presented a comprehensive program on fish farming from transforming grouper aquaculture to diseases management, tilapia genetics and market trends. DOF also launched their food safety book of the National Fish Health Strategy of Malaysia by Dato’ Hj Munir Md Nawi, Deputy Director General (Management).

Gold sponsor Sheng Long organised a special shrimp industry session which focused on shrimp disease management.

APA17 had 37 sessions on aquaculture such as marine shrimp, tilapia, freshwater fish culture, nutrition and aquafeeds, and a post conference farm tour. More than 30 participants joined the post conference tour organised by MFS to visit cage culture activities on Pulau Ketam, a land-based grouper hatchery and a shrimp farm.

At the President’s reception, participants also enjoyed tasting hybrid grouper farmed in Malaysia and cooked in sweet sour sauce.

The fish was contributed by President Reception sponsor, Fishance. APA 17 was a very successful event. We have not only accomplished our goals, but have continued to increase participation at our events.

At the WAS-APC business meeting, Dr Guillaume Drillet succeeded as President of the APC for the coming year. We would like to thank the sponsors Sheng Long Co., Ltd. Fishance , Tyson, Blue Aqua, Sonac, Zeigler , Nutriad , MSD Animal Health, Evonik Industries, and DOF and MFS in making APA17 a success.

We look forward to meeting you at the next APA 18 in Taiwan, April 23-26, 2018 at Taipei International Convention Center (TICC), Taipei, Taiwan.

For more information, contact:

John Cooksey
Conference Manager

APA2018 will be held in Taipei International Convention Centre, April 23 – 26, 2018 in Taipei, Taiwan

Visit the World Aquaculture Society website, HERE.

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