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Veramaris starts commercial delivery of algal oil from US facility


Veramaris has started commercial-scale deliveries from its Blair, Nebraska facility, marking a breakthrough in the cultivation of marine algae that is naturally rich in EPA and DHA omega-3.


The algal oil enables salmon farmers to become net fish producers while reversing the decade-long decline of EPA & DHA omega-3 levels in salmon. In other words, the aquaculture industry is able to reduce its reliance on the unpredictable forage fisheries facing increasing pressure, and contribute to the United Nations' sustainable development goal.


The US$200-million zero-waste facility was completed in May ahead of schedule. The next step is ramping up for full production.


This unique strain of natural marine algae used, Schizochytrium ssp., is rich in both EPA and DHA and, together with the technology to cultivate it at a very large scale, is a breakthrough that expands the future supply of healthy seafood without impacting ocean resources.


Vermaris' algal oil contains twice as much EPA and DHA as fish oil, so it can reverse the decline in levels of EPA and DHA omega-3 in farmed salmon.


Veramaris' production capacity is equivalent to 1.2 million tonnes of wild-catch fish. This will meet around 15% of the entire salmon farming industry's annual demand for EPA and DHA.


The opening of the new facility was celebrated in the presence of Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, local authorities, and Feike Sijbesma and Christian Kullmann, the CEOs of the Veramaris parent companies DSM and Evonik.


Read more about Veramaris in this interview with eFeedLink: http://www.efeedlink.com/contents/05-10-2019/b8591e91-c8ea-4724-b6e0-cd416d586392-a181.html


(From left) Johann-Caspar Gammelin (chairman of the board of management, Evonik Nutrition & Care), Christian Kullmann (CEO, Evonik), Neil Leininger (general manager, Veramaris LLC), Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, Karim Kurmaly (CEO, Veramaris), Frank Beissmann (CFO, Veramaris), Feike Sijbesma (CEO, DSM), Christoph Goppelsroeder (CEO & President, DSM Nutritional Products)



ADM launches innovative and intensive shrimp farming concept in Asia


ADM Animal Nutrition, part of Archer Daniels Midland Company, launched BIOSIPEC in Asia, a comprehensive solution for intensive shrimp production based on innovative techniques involving feeding, biosecurity, water treatment, aeration system and digitization at the Asian-Pacific Aquaculture 2019 in Chennai, India in June.


Visitors at the booth had the opportunity to discover this single model through a virtual reality movie.


BIOSIPEC was initially developed by ADM in Vietnam after observing the characteristics of Vannamei shrimp farming, the associated risks (particularly relating to the environment and diseases), as well as sustainability issues. The solution helps to reduce farming risks and environmental impacts and maximizes profitability for shrimp farmers.


To showcase the different innovations and provide training to farmers, a demonstration unit was set up in ADM's Aqua R&D center in southern Vietnam two years ago.


To achieve high growth and survival results, BIOSIPEC applies innovative technologies:


    •  Water treatment to improve biosecurity and prevent disease outbreaks

    •  Special aeration system to reduce energy cost and optimise water aeration

    •  Specifically formulated feed for improved growth and stable water quality


"In 2018, the Vannamei production and exports increased throughout Asia, particularly in India, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines, and further growth is forecast in the coming years, according to the World Aquaculture Society", said Marc Campet, Aquaculture Manager, ADM Animal Nutrition, Asia.


"To achieve successful farming results, the choice of feed, water quality, biosecurity and technique all play an important role in shrimp quality and productivity. With BIOSIPEC, we can produce shrimp successfully, differently and sustainably. Our demonstration farm is available for shrimp farmers to discover the different technologies used and provides training to aquaculture professionals". 


Through BIOSIPEC's commercialisation, ADM will be providing training on the use of technology, processes, and best practice to shrimp farmers. This new project reinforces the firm's commitment toward the development of aquaculture in Asia.


"BIOSIPEC is an exclusive concept that ADM has designed for its customers in Asia. We are very proud to have developed this solution combining all of ADM Animal Nutrition's know-how. This concept has been developed to answer a market need identified by our teams; it will support the evolution and consolidation of the shrimp aquaculture industry in Asia", said Pierre Domps, director for marketing and commercial development, ADM Animal Nutrition, Asia.




3 finalists for Nor-Fishing Foundation Innovation Award 2019 bared


The Nor-Fishing Foundation Innovation Award 2019 has received a total of 30 applications this year, which is a record number, and three finalists have been chosen.


The applications came from innovator companies in 11 countries including Norway. Forty percent of the applications are from foreign companies, or firms outside of Norway. Chairperson of the board Liv Holmefjord and project manager Kari Steinsbø are very pleased with the support.


The jury consisted of Section Manager Kjell Maroni of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Research Fund, senior advisor Oddvar Staulen of Innovation Norway and senior advisor Jan Henrik Sandberg of the Norwegian Fishermen's Association.


The judges said is was a demanding task to choose the finalists, taking into consideration the degree of innovation, the importance of the project for the aquaculture industry and the international market value for the developer. The jury made its assessments based on the information in the applications.


The following three finalists were short-listed for this year's award:


Benchmark Animal Health, of UK, which has developed a water purification system for the aquaculture industry to prevent medicines entering the sea. "CleanTreat® by Benchmark" is currently deployed in Norway, working alongside wellboats to remove medicines from sea lice bath treatment water. There is an opportunity for the system to be used alongside treatments for many other diseases and parasitic infections. To date the CleanTreat® system has processed more than 300,000 cubic metres of treatment water.


Ecotone AS, based in Trondheim, Norway, which has developed "SpectraLice", a fully automatic underwater camera that counts lice on freely swimming salmon. The camera has software that analyses all colours in reflected light and uses it for automatic detection. "SpectraLice" counts and reports salmon lice via 4G networks to the desired platform (plant, head office and portable devices). The system can also report to authorities and researchers as desired.


Mørenot Robotics AS of Bodø, Norway, which has developed an autonomous underwater robot that prevents fouling growth on the net by using a continuous low-intensity brushing. NetRobot X2 is put into the water in a clean net and will keep the net wall continuously clean and free of fouling as long as the fish farmer wishes. The robot has electric thrusters that ensure proper pressure against the net and manoeuvring according to the operating pattern of cleaning the entire net wall. NetRobot is a new tool for the fish farmer who wants to contribute to the fish's well-being and growth, for the environment and for a good result for the farmer.


This year's Innovation Award winner will receive NOK100,000 and a diploma on the opening day of Aqua Nor on Aug. 20.


For further information, you may call the Jury Secretary, Odd Berg, at +47 901 19 942, or email odd9berg@gmail.com.




BioMar completes acquisition of Chilean fish feed facility



Danish aquaculture feed maker BioMar Group now fully owns the Chilean factory Alitec Pargua after it has acquired the 50% shares of AquaChile, with which it had formed a joint venture to operate the fish-feed facility.


The acquisition, which took effect in early June, follows the change in ownership of AquaChile, which was acquired last summer by the Agrosuper group. The Alitec Pargua transaction ends 10 years of successful collaboration with AquaChile.


"Beyond this operation, BioMar Chile continues the commercial relationship with AquaChile", BioMar Group said.


BioMar said the acquisition was an important step for its Chile operations as the company "will get access to a significant volume of flexible production capacity", adding the investment has reinforced the company's commitment to Chilean aquaculture.


"We have during the last years experienced an increasing demand in the market targeting our high-performance feed, functional products and services. We will now have more flexible capacity to meet those demands and we will now be able to plan for future upgrades and expansions of the facility in line with the requirement in the market", said Carlos Diaz, CEO in BioMar Group.


BioMar is a leading supplier of high-performance feed to the global aquaculture industry. Currently, it operates 14 feed factories and is currently building another two. The factories are located at Norway, Chile, Denmark, Scotland, Spain, France, Greece, Turkey, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador and, soon, in Australia.




BioMar, Chinese trout producer sign fish feed supply agreement


A Chinese delegation led by Yan Jinhai, the vice governor of Qinghai Province witnessed the signing in Denmark of a cooperation agreement between BioMar and Minze Long Yang Xia, the largest trout farmer in China, to supply high-performance fish feed with almost half the environmental footprint compared to local Chinese feed.


Over the last two years the BioMar BioFarm teams of China and Denmark have been collaborating with Long Yang Xia on technical onsite trials that consider the daily conditions of the water and the fish. The ideal recipe solution that was discovered considered the parameters of growth performance and fish welfare while limiting the discharge of nitrogen and phosphorous into the local ecosystem.


"Our extensive knowledge on nutritional requirements of trout, as well as a strict selection of raw materials according to their characteristics and contribution to sustainability impacts, have together made it possible to discover an optimal feed recipe and feeding strategy. Through the onsite trials we have been able to demonstrate a better total performance", said Carlos Diaz, CEO of BioMar Group.


Creating a low-impact feed recipe by varying the ingredients plays a crucial role in reducing a farmer's overall environmental footprint. That is because aquaculture feed traditional is responsible for up to 80% of the environment impact of rising fish due to the feed ingredients and production operations accounting for most of the mass energy flows in the value chain.


The Chinese government is rolling out a new guideline to accelerate green development of its aquaculture industry, including reducing fish farmers' overall environmental footprint and promoting transformation of the industry.


"The importance to our environment for protecting ecosystems can't be underestimated. Long Yang Xia is leading the way in the Chinese market by significantly reducing their environmental footprint with a diet created by BioMar that delivers on growth performance but is also considerate to the local ecosystem", said Diaz.


Long Yang Xia is a green pioneer in China and has also invested in modern aquaculture technologies.




INVE Aquaculture marks 35th anniversary with new leadership



Born from a spin-off of Ghent University in 1983, INVE-Benchmark Advanced Nutrition recently celebrated its 35 years of service to global aquaculture.

The company pioneered the development of early life feeding including Artemia, an essential live feed that has driven the growth of marine shrimp and fish hatcheries around the world. Today the company has achieved 24% market share in the global shrimp and marine fish hatchery nutrition segment and is present in more than 70 countries. The company also defined the standards for Artemia still being applied today by the industry.


At a series of events held around the world to mark the milestone anniversary, leaders of the company mapped out their vision for the future, which will largely focus on developing holistic solutions for sustainably improving fry quality and using microbial management and other health solutions to overcome disease outbreaks.


CEO Philippe Léger said, "Innovation is how we started and, in this fast-growing industry, innovation in partnership with our customers is the way to keep driving sustainable growth in the industry, and to stay ahead of the competition".


During the celebrations, Léger announced that he will hand over his position as managing director of Benchmark Advanced Nutrition and CEO of INVE Aquaculture to Athene Blakeman, who joined Benchmark in 2014 as group legal counsel. She is a member of Benchmark's PLC and operations boards, as well as each of the divisional boards including Advanced Nutrition.


Now turning 65, Léger decided to work part-time supporting the development and execution of Benchmark's key strategic initiatives.


Léger said, "I am thrilled Athene is taking on my responsibilities as CEO. She is a highly intelligent, respected and ambitious leader. I have every confidence she will continue to build on our achievements throughout the next phase of growth and I look forward to working with her as I continue to lead the Benchmark Strategy Execution and Business Growth team supporting the Groups' key strategic priorities and new business developments."


Blakeman said Léger's success in building INVE Aquaculture into the company it is today "is testament to his dedication, drive and passion for aquaculture".


"I look forward to working closely with him and our teams across the business in the coming months to ensure the smoothest possible transition for our customers and partners", she said.
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