June 30, 2021
Global Aquaculture Innovation Award application deadline extended to July 15
The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) is now accepting applications for its ninth annual Global Aquaculture Innovation Award, and has extended the application deadline from June 30 to July 15.
Established in 2012, the competition recognises individuals and companies finding new solutions to the key challenges facing aquaculture.
Examples of aquaculture innovations include technologies that mitigate the occurrence of animal diseases or parasites, or that reduce or eliminate the use of antibiotics to treat animals; technologies that improve production efficiencies at the hatchery or farm levels while mitigating environmental impact; advances in offshore or land-based recirculation technologies; novel feed ingredients; reductions in carbon footprint through improved energy efficiency or regeneration; and social programmes designed to improve living and working conditions at the farm or processing levels.
University of Stirling postdoctoral researcher Simão Zacarias was the recipient of last year's eighth annual Global Aquaculture Innovation Award for his work on the shrimp-hatchery practice of unilateral eyestalk ablation.
His research debunked the notion that the practice results in higher egg production and showed that it actually escalates disease vulnerability.