BioMar accelerates dev't of next-generation feed solutions for RAS…
Leading aquafeed maker BioMar said it has increased its focus on developing next-generation solutions for feed for recirculating aquaculture system, or RAS, adding that land-based farming can improve efficiency and operational stability using even more advanced feed solutions. 
BioMar has for decades been one of the driving forces behind the development of products for recirculation. As a response to the increased focus on how land-based farming impacted the water quality of creeks and rivers, BioMar started the development of the product range ORBIT back in the late 1980s. Today, this product range embraces more high-performing products for land-based salmon farming.
"RAS [recirculating aquaculture system] for land-based salmon farming is an emerging segment within the aquaculture industry, and there is still a potential to be realised. The highly advanced technologies being used require highly advanced feed solutions and farming practices to enable a strong performance", says Carlos Diaz, CEO of BioMar Group.
He adds, "As a strategic initiative, we have brought all of our RAS-specialists into a global task force. They are working together with global as well as local customers accelerating the next generation of feed solutions for RAS. We are building upon a very strong foundation being a leader within the RAS segment for many years, but the future requires that we can bring even more specialised products to the market, supported across geographies". 
Diaz said the company "will very soon present new products to the market". All members of the task force were selected based on local as well as global results within RAS. They have 15-25 years of experience working within aquaculture as products developers and trusted advisors for customers across the globe.

      Land-based salmon farming using recirculating aquaculture system  ( Image: BioMar)
…leads ocean-based climate action for aquaculture
Cognizant of the important role that aquaculture feed and seafood products play in ensuring a sustainable future for the planet by 2050, BioMar has accepted the invitation to join the advisory network of the "High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy", a group of world leaders committed to developing solutions for ocean health and wealth in policy, governance, technology and finance.
"BioMar are sole producers of aquaculture feed and we deeply understand that our feed can be responsible for up to 80% of the environmental impact of aquaculture farming. The onus is on us to find alternative ways of making feed to reduce the environmental footprint so that our customers can answer the call to double aquaculture production by 2050", said Carlos Diaz, CEO in BioMar Group.
According to the latest report released recently by the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy, ocean-based climate action can deliver a fifth of the reductions in greenhouse gas emissions required by 2050 to prevent climate change through the 1.5ºC global temperature rise.
The new study, called The Ocean as a Solution for Climate Change: 5 Opportunities of Action", pinpoints several action areas for aquaculture including, among others, the sourcing of alternative and untraditional nutrients for aquaculture feed and promoting seafood to shift diets to lower-carbon protein sources.
According to Diaz, BioMar will support its customers who wish to join the ocean-based climate action by lowering their carbon footprint. Recently Salmon Group, a cooperation of 44 Norwegian salmon farmers, announced the reduction of their carbon footprint by 50% by using a customised BioMar recipe.
"At BioMar we are willing, and able to do our part for a sustainable future for us all. It will not be easy, but we are determined to continue driving sustainable change in aquaculture", Diaz said.

Cooke CEO says sorry for 'mishandling' of fish at hatchery in Maine, USA
The CEO of the Cooke family of companies said he was "very sorry" over alleged fish mistreatment in a Cooke Aquaculture facility in Bingham, Maine, USA, which was reported to concerned authorities by an animal rights group.
The group, called Compassion over Killing, had secretly filmed the alleged mistreatment and submitted the video to the Maine Department of Agriculture. The video showed workers slamming, stomping and throwing fish into tanks from long distances. 
"I am very sorry that this has happened. We are thoroughly reviewing the footage [from the video] and we are working closely with the Maine Department of Agriculture to review and ensure all our practices are within compliance" said Glenn Cooke in a statement issued on Oct. 7.
Glenn Cooke said he was "disappointed and deeply saddened" by what he saw on the video. "As a family company, we place animal welfare high in our operating standards and endeavor to raise our animals with optimal care and consideration of best practice. What we saw today is most certainly not reflective of these standards".
Glenn Cooke made the assurance that they have already begun putting the "necessary checks and balances" in place to ensure "this will not happen again".
He said they were speaking with all their employees and would institute a "rigorous retraining programme" at the Maine facility. 
Meanwhile, the Bangor Daily News in Maine reported on Oct. 16 that Cooke Aquaculture will pay more then US$165,213 for the restoration of wild salmon at the Machias River in Maine following several violations at the Canadian firm's fish pen sites at Hancock and Washington counties in Maine.
Cooke's violations include having too many fish at one or more sites, failure to conduct environmental sampling, and failure to adhere to clerical procedures that entail timely filling of accurate pollution sampling reports and timely submission of fish-spill prevention plans.

Nutreco launches global prize for outstanding young researchers
Animal nutrition and aquafeed firm Nutreco has launched its Young Researchers Prize, which will be awarded to the most promising research by PhD and post-doctorate students working globally across animal, aquaculture and veterinary sciences. Any research relevant to this field, such as economics or big data, is also eligible. 
The prize marks the 25th anniversary of Nutreco and recognises outstanding research efforts to address the increasingly important challenge of generating enough food for the world's growing population. The solutions to this challenge must be systemic and sustainable, encompassing the various different farming systems.
"Nutreco was founded 25 years ago to help develop solutions to meet the growing demand for high quality protein," said Nutreco CEO Rob Koremans. "We want to mark that milestone by recognising the efforts of talented researchers who share our vision in unearthing new solutions for Feeding the Future, which has been our company mission for many years".
To be considered, young researchers must be nominated by a professor or supervisor at their place of study through a letter of support.
Entrants should also send a curriculum vitae and an article about their chosen study, a submission to a conference or a summary of their thesis. The document, which should be no longer than three sheets of A4 paper, should include the following information:
-- Which category the submission is in
-- What the proposal is
-- How the proposal will work
-- How the proposal supports Nutreco's mission of Feeding the Future
-- Any other relevant information for the judging panel.
Following are the categories:
Precision Farming: Precision–or smart–farming means that plants or animals are grown in optimal conditions, determined with great accuracy by harnessing digital tools and big data. A range of technology is used to this end, including GPS, sensor technology, ICT and robotics. Technology can assist in strategic decision-making at farm level as well as with operational actions at plant level.
Precision nutrition is a method that proposes the customisation of nutrition, with nutritional decisions, practices, or products tailored to individual or small groups of animals with similar requirements.
Young Animal Nutrition: Nutrition of the mother pre-birth or hatch and of the offspring in early life impacts their lifetime health and performance. It is therefore essential to optimise the neonatal phase (first days or weeks of life). Young animals not only need proper nutrition for the growth and development of bones, muscles, and organs, but also for proper development of, for example, the gastrointestinal defence system.
Animal Health and Welfare: Animals are especially sensitive during critical transition phases such as weaning, reproductive periods and relocation to other environments. Dietary strategies can contribute to disease resistance and resilience in animals, and thereby reduce the need for antibiotics and other treatments. Nutrition affects the gastrointestinal functioning of the gut in many aspects and has a significant impact on the intestinal microbiome, the intestinal barrier function and the development of immune competence. In addition, assuring overall well-being and an absence of stress will have a positive influence on disease resistance. Adopting new strategies in animal health is expected to contribute to reducing the need for non-sustainable solutions such as antimicrobials.
Selection criteria will be based on:
-- Quality PhD or post-doctorate research
-- Innovativeness
-- Sustainability of the proposal
-- High quality and value for agri and aquaculture industries
The Nutreco Young Researchers Prize cash awards:
-- €12,000 (US$13,332) for first place
-- €8,000 ($8,890) for second place
-- €5,000 ($5,556) for third place 
The judging panel includes leading experts in the field of sustainable nutritional solutions including Nutreco's heads of Research & Development, Leo den Hartog, Alex Obach and Coen Smits, in addition to Viggo Halseth, Chief Innovation Officer Nutreco and José Villalón, Corporate Sustainability Director Nutreco.
The prizes will be awarded in person in Europe in early 2020. There will be a traveling budget for the nominees to attend the award ceremony.
For more information or any further questions, you may visit or contact Nutreco via the mailbox.

Skretting introduces innovative grower diet for shrimp

Xpand, Skretting's newly launched grower diet, exploits the full growth potential of shrimp, providing farmers with the ability to further enhance their operations.
The Norwegian manufacturer of aquaculture feeds said Xpand is the result of four years of R&D conducted by Skretting Aquaculture Research Centre (ARC). The development of Xpand focused on three pillars:
-- Improved growth
-- Improved nutrition
-- Pond support.
"The overriding aim behind this new innovation is to provide farms with far greater levels of flexibility. Without taking any shortcuts or unnecessary risks, by feeding their shrimp Xpand, farmers can reduce the associated costs and impacts of farming in exposed water locations by harvesting earlier at the same size; or alternatively, they can choose to produce larger-sized shrimp within their usual production schedules", Skretting, a Nutreco company, said in a press release.
Dr. Lenaïg Richard Breivik, global product group manager for shrimp at Skretting also said: "Whether it's bigger, more valuable products, or it's reducing the grow-out stage to get shrimp to market faster, Xpand has the potential to be a game-changing solution for many of our customers. Through this heightened flexibility, farmers are now in a position to make the decisions that are best suited to their own unique operations"..
While feeding shrimp with Xpand leads to a shorter feed consumption time (time needed to eat a set quantity of feed), Skretting's research also found that shrimp achieved faster gut transit time (time needed to process the ingested feed through the gut). In addition, feed intake is increased while maintaining the feed conversion ratio, which in turn leads to improved growth of the shrimp.
"Essentially, these results illustrated that growth is aximized through improved feed consumption and efficient nutrient absorption.", said Breivik.
Furthermore, the level of particles lost from the feed while it is in the water are reduced ahead of it being consumed by the shrimp. This in turn supports water quality in the pond through the production cycle.
Xpand is initially available in Vietnam, and will be strategically introduced to other important shrimp farming markets around the world. Its availability will be communicated locally to all Skretting customers and partners.
"We are very confident that Xpand will present a strong alternative to regular shrimp feeds. Shrimp prices have been challenged during these past two years, which has encouraged farmers to look for superior growth performance, as much as for solutions that optimise production costs", said Marc Le Poul, general manager of Skretting South Asia.

Corbion and BioMar ink feed deal with Norway's Salmon Group
Corbion, the global market leader in algae-based ingredients, and BioMar, the leading innovator in sustainable aquaculture feeds, has entered into a new feed partnership with the Norwegian-based Salmon Group, the world's largest network of local, family-owned fish farming and aquaculture companies.  Salmon Group represents 44 Norwegian fish farmers and 12% of all fish feed sold to salmon and trout farms in Norway.
In line with Salmon Group's goal of reducing the overall environmental footprint of feed while maintaining feed quality, feed performance and fish welfare, BioMar developed a bespoke feed that maintains high omega 3 levels (EPA + DHA) in the feed, reduces the carbon footprint, and significantly reduces the fish-in, fish-out ratio and contamination of pollutants.
BioMar developed this feed using a variety of alternative ingredients including AlgaPrime™ DHA, the leading sustainably produced, algae-based source of long-chain omega-3s. The first farmed salmon fed on this new recipe are expected to reach the market by the end of 2019.
The continued expansion of BioMar feed with AlgaPrime™ DHA is the latest in a series of milestones that shows demand for algae-fed salmon among farmers, brands and retailers. To date, BioMar had sold at least 500,000 tonnes of feed containing AlgaPrime™ DHA over the past three years.
"As demand for sustainable food options is hitting a critical mass, key industry players in food service and retail are increasingly relying on their supply chains to improve their environmental impact," said Vidar Gunderson, global sustainability director at BioMar. "The use of alternative feed ingredients, such as algae-based omega-3s, is an important part of the effort to address sustainability issues within the salmon industry and beyond."
Corbion has been producing AlgaPrime™ DHA since 2016 at large industrial scale according to the needs of the aquaculture industry. Developed to reduce dependency on marine fisheries and provide a new source of long-chain omega-3s for the aquaculture industry, AlgaPrime™ DHA is a native, whole algae ingredient that contains around three times the level of DHA of fish oil. AlgaPrime™ DHA is also a clean ingredient, sustainably produced through fermentation with non-GM cane sugar as a feedstock and a production system powered by renewable energy.