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Norwegian salmon farmer Lingalaks starts production of salmon fed on algal oil
Norwegian salmon producer Lingalaks has replaced fish oil in its production with omega-3 EPA + DHA fatty acids from natural marine algae from Veramaris, a Dutch-based joint venture of DSM and Evonik, for increased sustainability and product differentiation.
Starting last October 2018, Lingalaks has been feeding 50% of their salmon production a diet produced by Skretting. The diet includes omega-3 EPA + DHA algal oil produced by Veramaris. German retail chain Kaufland is the first to put the new salmon on the shelf. Kaufland is part of the German Schwarz Group.
"Omega-3 EPA + DHA from natural marine algae allows us to produce healthier and better salmon. It also gives us the unique opportunity to differentiate our company within a competitive market. Our courage to pioneer a new and more sustainable production method using algal oil resonated well with our philosophy. By being the early adopter of this new technology, we found partners along the seafood value chain who supported us in realizing our vision of superior, sustainable salmon quality and finding new outlets for it", said Lingalaks owner Erlend Haugarvoll.
Veramaris CEO Karim Kurmaly said their omega-3 algal oil, rich in both fatty acids EPA and DHA, is a novel ingredient for better and more sustainable salmon farming.
As of 2019, Kaufland will be offering Lingalaks' high-quality salmon in its German branches. The feed for Lingalaks' new salmon generation is provided by feed manufacturer Skretting. "As an industry leader with the knowledge to produce 100% fish-free feeds on a commercial scale, Skretting is very happy to support Lingalaks in taking this innovative step", said Mads Martinsen, director of product development, Skretting Norway. 
The Veramaris algal oil is the only commercial non-fish source of omega-3 fatty acids that is rich in both EPA and DHA. Produced on land by fermentation of natural marine algae, the algal oil is of a high purity, free from sea-born contaminants and stabilised with natural antioxidants, excluding Ethoxyquin.
Lingalaks AS has production sites in Kvam, Kvinnherad and Radøy municipalities. The company's main processing facility, is located at the Hardanger Fjord. Since 1978, Lingalaks has developed its reputation as a premiere aquaculture farming company that combines efficient farming techniques with an emphasis on an extraordinarily high-level of sustainability and environmental friendliness.

Cellular aquaculture firm BlueNalu forms 9-member advisory board

Cellular aquaculture company BlueNalu has announced the formation of an interdisciplinary advisory board, which includes leaders at the forefront of ocean health, the culinary industry, and food commercialisation.
The newly appointed board represents a diversity of industries, non-profits, and academic backgrounds and hail from major multinational organizations including Campbell Soup Co., Nestlé, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and the Culinary Institute of America. They will serve as strategic advisors in guiding the direction and scale of BlueNalu's growth.
"The team at BlueNalu is the most experienced in the industry and is clearly able to manage the scale of this endeavor, and I am excited to contribute alongside these visionaries", said Pierre-Yves Cousteau, global environmental consultant and president of Cousteau Divers, who is one of those who compose the advisory board.
Another board member, Roy Yamaguchi, founder of Roy's Restaurants and international culinary visionary, said, "I am thrilled to be part of this company that can provide my favorite ingredient, seafood, in a modern way that we could only dream of. The possibilities for seafood produced via the BlueNalu technology are endless - from providing year-round seafood options that are normally seasonal, to broadening taste palettes by providing species normally inaccessible from across the globe".
Besides Cousteau and Yamaguchi, the seven other board members are:
Carlos Barroso
President, CJB and Associates; Former SVP Global R&D Campbell Soup Co.; Former SVP R&D, PepsiCo
Susie Fogelson
President, Fogelson & Co.; Former SVP Marketing and Brand Strategy, Food Network and Cooking Channel
John B. Kelly, III
President, Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation USA
Kevin Lyons, PhD
Associate Professor - Supply Chain Environmental Management, Rutgers Business School
Timothy Morck, PhD
President, Spectrum Nutrition, LLC; Former VP Science & Regulatory Affairs, Nestlé USA Corporate Affairs; Former VP- Personalized Nutrition, DSM
L. Timothy Ryan, EdD
President, Culinary Institute of America; Certified Master Chef and Culinary Olympics Champion
Yonathan Zohar, PhD
Chair, Department of Marine Biotechnology, University of Maryland
Board members will serve as advisors to BlueNalu in matters such as business and market development, science and technology, operations and commercialisation, consumer marketing and communication, nutrition and regulatory affairs, product development and optimisation, and the environmental and sustainability impacts associated with the company.
BlueNalu was founded in 2018 and is based in San Diego, California. It seeks to supplement current fishing efforts and produce seafood directly from fish cells, in a way that is healthy for people, humane for animals, and sustainable for the Earth.
To date, BlueNalu has attracted $4.5 million in funding from more than 25 investors from five countries, and has initiated design plans for its first factory.

Cooke Inc. of Canada acquires Seajoy Seafood

Cooke Inc., based in New Brunswick, Canada, and parent of Cooke Aquaculture Inc., has announced the completion of its acquisition of Seajoy Seafood Corp. group, one of the largest vertically integrated, premium shrimp farms in Latin America.
"The acquisition of Seajoy is an important element in our focus on product diversification to meet our customers' needs," said Glenn Cooke, CEO of Cooke Inc. "Seajoy is a world-leading shrimp producer utilizing the highest quality and food safety standards and newest available technology. This aligns perfectly with our existing aquaculture and wild seafood fishery divisions".
Seajoy Seafood Corp. group produces value-added and organic Pacific white shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei) and sells to customers in Europe, the Americas and Asia. Seajoy has shrimp farms in Honduras and Nicaragua, which include processing plants, hatcheries and breeding programmes.
Seajoy also carries certifications for producing environmentally and socially responsible seafood from the GAA (Global Aquaculture Alliance), 4-star BAP (Best Aquaculture Practices), EU Organic, ASC (Aquaculture Stewardship Council), SMETA (social) and the UK BRC (British Retail Consortium).
"We founded Seajoy in Ecuador in 1979 just six years before the Cooke family started Cooke Aquaculture in New Brunswick in 1985," said Peder Jacobson, former CEO of Seajoy. "Our families drive as pioneering entrepreneurs and our employees determination over the years has resulted in two successful independent seafood companies and now I am extremely pleased to have Seajoy join the Cooke family of companies."
The Cooke Inc. family of companies includes global aquaculture divisions including its wholly owned subsidiary Cooke Aquaculture Inc. and Kelly Cove Salmon Ltd., as well as seafood and wild fishery divisions under Cooke Seafood USA, Inc., Icicle Seafoods, Inc., Wanchese Fish Company Inc. and Omega Protein.
Cooke Aquaculture Inc. has salmon farming operations in Atlantic Canada, the United States, Chile and Scotland, as well as seabass and seabream farming operations in Spain. 

Trū Shrimp Company to build first 'harbor' production facility in South Dakota

Minnesota, USA-based trū Shrimp Company announced plans to build its first so-called Harbor shrimp production facility in Madison, South Dakota.
Construction is expected to break ground this summer in Madison's Lakeview Industrial Park, the company said in a news release early this month.
"We are excited to be working with the city of Madison and the Lake Area Improvement Corporation in bringing safe and sustainable shrimp to the US consumer", said Michael Ziebell, trū Shrimp president and CEO. 
"Though we're headquartered in Minnesota, trū Shrimp is truly a Midwest company. Building our first harbor in Madison reaffirms our commitment to the broader region", he added. Trū Shrimp calls its facilities "Harbors" to reflect its innovative technology and new processes of raising shrimp, including growing them in shallow water that is cleaned and reused. Trū Shrimp also raises shrimp that are free of chemicals and antibiotics. 
South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard welcomed trū Shrimp as its "newest corporate citizen".
"The growing aquaculture industry, led by trū Shrimp, is not only a great fit for Madison, but also a natural fit for our state's agricultural heritage", Daugaard said.
Madison is a second choice as a site for trū Shrimp's first Harbor. Luverne, Minnesota, was previously identified as the site, but the company met some state regulatory roadblocks that needed to be addressed before it could proceed. "Our timeline for capital financing and construction in 2019 does not allow adequate time to resolve the items in Luverne.  Locating the first Harbor in Madison not only meets the critical components of our business model, but our timeline as well", Ziebell said.

Nor Fishing Foundation accepts applications for 2019 Innovation Award
Norway's Nor Fishing Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2019 Innovation Award, which Scotland-based Ace Aquatec won in 2017.
Eligible to apply are commercial companies and individuals from all over the world that supply equipment or services to the aquaculture industry, or are in the aquaculture industry.
The winner will receive NOK100,000 (US$11,544) , and will be announced August 20, when the four-day Aqua Nor 2019 opens in Trondheim.
The board of the Nor-Fishing Foundation has seen it fit to give the award to a Norwegian or foreign company or individual for the best project in the aquaculture industry because commercial companies and individuals have less access to financial support than the large research institutions. The board hopes that this will stimulate more innovation in the commercial sector.
The application deadline is May 1, 2019.
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