Sunday, February 18, 2018

19/02/2018: AgraME’s aquaculture conference to highlight regional investment opportunities and international best practice

Officially endorsed by the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, AgraME, which is taking place on 6-8th March at the Dubai World Trade Centre, is set to bring together local and international experts within the aquaculture sector to host a dedicated, free-to-attend, conference on the opening day focusing on the regions burgeoning aquaculture industry

Delivering the first keynote will be Dr Ali Al Shaikhi, Director General of Fisheries Production, Ministry of Environment, Water & Agriculture – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. On the back of a number of recent investments to boost environmental capacity in the Kingdom, Ministry representatives will be discussing aquaculture prospects in the Kingdom and look at projects leading toward their Vision 2030 which has gained international headlines in recent months.

“We have received huge support from both local and overseas aquaculture experts and will bring together knowledge sharing from around the globe to help the growth of Aquaculture in the Middle East. Our visitors are excited to hear what The Ministry of Environment, Water & Agriculture- Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Innovation Norway and others have to say and the conference will form a great opportunity for learning and networking” said Samantha Bleasby, Exhibition Director, AgraME.

Bringing expertise from Europe, another key session of the day will be presented by Innovation Norway - the Norwegian Government's most important instrument for innovation and development of Norwegian enterprises and industry.

Ole Johan Sandvaer, Regional Director MEA for Innovation Norway will be looking at the development of a sustainable aquaculture industry within the country and how the UAE and Norway are synergistic in their approach to aquaculture; “Norwegian technology providers cover the entire value chain of the aquaculture industry, which includes high-tech products and services and modern management principles. The Middle East is known to go for the latest in technology to meet increasingly demanding consumers with products of highest quality. The aqua farming sector represents no difference.”

“The aquaculture industry has developed very fast for 50 over years and there’s no sign saying this development will slow down. Rather the opposite. One reason is that the search for the highest standards of sustainability in all parts of the aquaculture value chain will become even more important, and in this field Norway is in the lead internationally. This requires the ability to think “new”, which again will enhance innovation in all parts of the value chain”, added Mr Sandvaer.

With a more targeted focus on the Crop Farming, Animal Farming, Aquaculture and Animal Health sectors, AgraME 2018 will attract suppliers and buyers, both locally and internationally, looking to source the latest products and innovative solutions, as well as offer a content platform to discuss ways to tackle the ongoing struggle in regional food security.

For more information on the conference and to register for free, click HERE.

To exhibit at AgraME, contact Samantha Bleasby at

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19/02/2018: Bluestar Adisseo announces closing of Nutriad acquisition

Bluestar Adisseo Company (“Adisseo”) announces that it has completed the acquisition of global feed additives producer Nutriad

This transaction is part of Adisseo’s strategy to become one of the worldwide leaders of specialty additives in animal nutrition. 

Adisseo and Nutriad planting a tree together
Image credit: Nutriad
 "We are pleased to have quickly brought the Nutriad acquisition to completion and excited to welcome Nutriad talents in the Adisseo team. This complementary combination supports our strategy for accelerating growth of our Specialty products business. Together, we will set up an efficient organisation which should allow us to strengthen our global product portfolio’s competitiveness and its overall efficiency”, said Adisseo CEO Jean-Marc Dublanc.

Nutriad CEO Erik Visser added, “The announcement of the acquisition of Nutriad by Adisseo has been met with overwhelming enthusiasm by our customers, suppliers, distribution partners and employees across the world. Now that we have confirmed the completion of the transaction, the Adisseo and Nutriad teams will jointly work with full energy and passion on the integration, committed to bringing further value adding solutions to the market.”

Nutriad’s product range, the species addressed (poultry, swine, aquaculture, dairy and cattle), and its customers are highly complementary to Adisseo’s and will allow the combined business to implement integrated solutions and offer even more value to customers.

A joint Adisseo/Nutriad project group has been set up and is already working on identifying and implementing the synergies.

About Adisseo 
Adisseo is one of the world's leading experts in feed additives. The group relies on its seven research centres and its production sites based in Europe and China to design, produce and market nutritional solutions for sustainable animal feed. With more than 1,900 employees, it serves around 2,600 customers in over 100 different countries through its global distribution network.

Visit the Adisseo Corporate website, HERE.

About Nutriad 
Nutriad provides feed additive solutions for animal nutrition and health to more than 1,200 customers in over 80 countries, through a network of sales offices and distributors. These are supported by four application laboratories and five manufacturing facilities on three continents.

Visit the Nutriad Corporate website, HERE

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19/02/2018: Salmon: A new era in production management, health, nutrition and feed utilisation

by Professor Simon J Davies, Editor International Aquafeed, Professor of Fish Nutrition & Aquaculture, Harper Adams University, England

By 2057, fish producers must greatly increase production to meet the rising population and demand for seafood consumption by some 60 million tonnes. As such, aquaculture expansion is largely dependent on good quality fish fry and fingerlings for on growing under a variety of production systems throughout the world.

Continued innovations in fish breeding are necessary to provide better strains, which can adapt to new conditions such as containment in closed recirculation systems, like RAS and deep water sea farms. We have seen great advances in fish genetics, with new breeds that have superior growth characteristics, with selection for stamina and robustness to meet the challenges of husbandry and the growing threat of emerging pathogens, and infection from a host of viruses, bacteria and parasites.

Although this is the basis for the development of all new aquaculture scenarios, such as the highly successful YY genetically male tilapia as developed by FishGen Ltd in Wales, revolutionising the farming of this fish globally. As well as the introduction of Specific Pathogen Free (SPF) shrimp based on advanced selection techniques from the USA. This has now become particularly significant in the iconic salmon and trout industries.

We routinely farm triploid trout and also triploid salmon, which is being scrutinised as I found out when I examined a PhD thesis on the subject in Norway in 2016.

Genetic improvement, gene editing and transgenic modifications: What sets them apart?
Genetic improvement of salmon for a variety of phenotype traits is now well under way and more recently the pioneering work leading to GMO salmon (AquaBounty Technologies Inc.), becoming the first GMO animal to be approved in legislation to be marketed in the USA, making headline news.

Such transgenic fish incorporating new DNA insertion into their genome has raised some controversy, but is being slowly accepted by many and may well be a leader towards raising faster growing salmon attaining their harvest size in half the time, with the additional bonus of having superior feed utilisation in terms of protein and energy assimilation and enhanced feed conversion efficiency.

Now the advent of more refined technologies such as gene editing, offers an entirely new dimension in modulating the expression of the salmon genome. This is based on the refinement of the existing gene make-up, and by careful regulation of the transcription of specific genes via molecular editing tools. In this way we can create desirable alterations, without introducing foreign DNA into the final product. Although, in my opinion there’s nothing fundamentally wrong with adding DNA, gene editing does not involve such a process and salmon subjected to this technique will not be classed as genetically modified in the normal definition.

This contrasts with transgenic modification, where new genes are introduced (sometimes from other species), and RNA interference (RNAi), where DNA is added to effectively turn off or ‘tone down’ gene expression to enable various metabolic processes in the salmon to be controlled such as temperature tolerance and growth rate in typical intensive operations.

Read the full article, HERE.

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PCE company profile

Pelleting Consumables Europe (PCE) is a global supplier of tailor-made, high-grade precision ring dies and roller shells.

Thanks to years of experience in the pelleting industry they can provide their customers expert advice on the geometry and design of Ring Dies and Roller Shells.

Manufacturing reliable ring dies and roller shells for compound feed, biofuel and recycling industries and a wide range of other applications.

Their tailor-made Ring Dies and Roller shells are available for pellet presses of all brands and are manufactured at their ultra-modern manufacturing facility.

As the entire process takes place In-house, they can guarantee short lead times and optimum quality.

PCE ring dies and roller shells are made of high-quality steel. The Ring Dies are manufactured as standard from high-grade, high chrome steel X46Cr13, tempered to 53-55 HRC.

The associated Roller Shells are manufactured from 100Cr6 or 20MnCr5, depending on specific application.

According to the PCE website, “our company is continuously focussed on improving the life cycle of our products and to increase profits for our customers.”

PCE key features: 
- Longer life cycle
- Higher capacity
- Low power consumption

In addition to their products they also assist with the planning of your spare and wear part inventory.

A team of experts is available to guide you by selecting the right ring dies, roller shells and to set up a service level spare part management program.

PCE is your partner for just perfect ring dies and roller shells.

Visit the PCE website, HERE.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

16/02/2018: Global Aquaculture Alliance announces leadership transition

The Global Aquaculture Alliance on February 15th announced a transition in its leadership. Industry veteran Andrew Mallison is joining GAA as executive director, as Wally Stevens, who has been in the role since 2007, steps aside to focus on other strategic ventures within the organisation.

Mr Stevens will stay on as executive director through the transition, as Mr Mallison joins GAA as soon as his successor at IFFO is in place, working out of the organisation’s Portsmouth, N.H., USA, headquarters. Mr Stevens will continue to serve on GAA’s board of directors and executive committee. 

Andrew Mallison
Image credit: GAA
Since 2011, Mr Mallison has been director general of IFFO-The Marine Ingredients Organisation, an international trade organisation with offices in the UK, Peru and China, representing and promoting the marine ingredients sector. In that time, he relocated the head office, restructured the team, managed the relaunch of the brand and a new website, provided governance guidelines for the non-UK board and grew membership to an all-time high, particularly in China and Southeast Asia.

Also, during Mr Mallison’s tenure at IFFO, the IFFO Responsible Supply (RS) standard for producers of fishmeal and fish oil has grown from its first certification in 2010 to 134 sites in 17 countries. This represents more than 40 percent of the global production of fishmeal and fish oil, a far higher level of independent certification than any other feed ingredient. IFFO RS is now incorporated and governed independently to provide a credible and accessible standard for the industry.

Mr Mallison has a lifetime career in seafood. Before joining IFFO’s leadership team in 2011, he was director of standards and licensing for the Marine Stewardship Council from 2009 to 2011 and global sourcing manager for seafood at UK retailer Marks & Spencer from 1996 to 2009, working with suppliers from Madagascar to Alaska, including establishing an award-winning salmon-farming program in Scotland. He has also worked as technical manager for Maple Leaf Foods and as technical director for Premier Foods (UK) Ltd.

Mr Mallison has a B.Sc. in fisheries science, commercial fishing, fish farming, marine law, fisheries economics and marine biology from the University of the South West (formerly Plymouth School of Maritime Studies) in the UK and completed an executive development program at Henley Business School.

“We are delighted that Andrew Mallison is joining GAA at an exciting time in our evolution,” said Mr Stevens. “GAA was a pioneer over 20 years ago with its advocacy for responsible aquaculture practices. Leaders such as George Chamberlain saw an aquaculture landscape where changes and improvements were needed. Over the years, GAA has embraced pioneers who look with an open mind to finding solutions to the challenges facing our industry. Andrew is but the latest pioneer to lead GAA in our pursuit of an industry that is increasingly responsible and sustainable.” 

Wally Stevens
image credit: GAA
Mr Stevens took over as executive director of GAA in 2007. Under his leadership, GAA has experienced unprecedented growth, evolving into the world’s leading standards-setting organisation for farmed seafood through the development of its Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program. Since 2007, the number of BAP-certified processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills has ballooned from just over 100 to nearly 1,900 today.

Also under Mr Stevens’ direction, GAA, which celebrated its 20th anniversary last year, has asserted itself as a leading voice for responsible aquaculture through its various communications vehicles, including the GOAL conference, Global Aquaculture Advocate online magazine, MyGAA online community, GAA Films and Global Aquaculture Academy online learning platform.

Mr Stevens’ career in seafood spans nearly five decades. He has held leadership positions in large, publicly traded corporations as well as start-up salmon farming operations and mid-sized, family-owned companies. His responsibilities have included all aspects of the seafood production chain. Mr Stevens has been a volunteer with the National Fisheries Institute for years, serving as chairman in 2001 and co-founding the Future Leaders program in 1998.

“The aquaculture industry has a huge contribution to make to the future of global food security, rural and developing world economies and human nutrition. Wally Stevens, George Chamberlain and the GAA team have created a successful organisation that has proved aquaculture is responsible and progressive. I look forward to being a part of GAA’s future and contributing to its continued success,” said Mr Mallison.

About GAA
The Global Aquaculture Alliance is an international, non-profit trade association dedicated to advancing environmentally and socially responsible aquaculture. Through the development of its Best Aquaculture Practices certification standards, GAA has become the leading standards-setting organisation for aquaculture seafood.

Visit the GAA website, HERE.

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16/02/2018: BIOMIN Global Mycotoxin Survey highlights possible threats present in feed

Mycotoxin-related threats to the health and performance of farm animals continue to pose a challenge to the industry, according to the newly released annual results of the 2017 BIOMIN Mycotoxin Survey

“While the exact mycotoxin contamination pattern varies from one region to another and from one farm to the next, the results indicate that the mycotoxin threat should not be ignored,” cautioned Ines Taschl, Mycotoxin Risk Management Product Manager at BIOMIN.

Ines Taschl
Image credit: Biomin

Of the 18757 finished feed and raw commodity samples sourced from 72 countries, a full 62 percent of samples contained at least one mycotoxin present in sufficient concentrations to pose a risk to animal health or performance.

“In light of these contamination levels, it is advisable to regularly test feed ingredients and adopt a robust mycotoxin risk management program,” stated Ms Taschl.

Main trends

• Average concentrations of fumonisins in corn (maise) have risen from 993 parts per billion (ppb) in 2015 to 3095 in 2017.
• Mycotoxin contamination of soybeanmeal is higher than in years past, with 83 percent of samples from South America testing above recommended threshold levels for deoxynivalenol.
• There has been an increased prevalence of T-2 toxin in cereals and deoxynivalenol in corn versus 2016.

Multiple mycotoxin occurrence

A full 71 percent of samples contained two or more mycotoxins. Multiple mycotoxin contamination of feed presents additional problems, as certain combinations of mycotoxins are known to have synergistic effects that aggravate the negative consequences for animals.

“The reality is that you’re rarely, if ever, dealing with a single mycotoxin contamination. Mycotoxin contamination typically involves multiple mycotoxins, which can magnify the harm to farm animals” observed Ms Taschl. “The best way to protect your animals is to select a mycotoxin solution that relies on multiple strategies to counteract different types of mycotoxins,” she explained.

About the survey
The annual BIOMIN Mycotoxin Survey constitutes the longest running and most comprehensive survey of its kind, using advanced analytic tools on more than 18757 samples taken from 72 countries worldwide. The survey results provide insights on the incidence of the six major mycotoxins in the agricultural commodities used for livestock feed. Over 73692 analyses were conducted to identify the presence and potential risk posed to livestock animal production.

The full report can be found, HERE.

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16/02/2018: Tilapia: Miracle fish (part 1)

by Ramon Kourie, Chief Technical Officer, SustAqua Fish Farms (Pty) Ltd.,

In the space of 25 years global farmed tilapia production has risen from obscurity to become one of the most important farmed fish species from less than 398,000 tonnes in 1991 to a predicted global production of 6.4 million metric tonnes (MMT) in 2017

Projections indicate an expected growth of 2.6 percent in 2018 to 6.5 MMT, significantly lower than the average growth rate of 12 percent over the period from 2002 to 2012.

Most of the global production of tilapia is produced in freshwater pond systems and consumed in producing countries contributing to food security in the developing world where the sector is concentrated. China is the leading producer country followed by Egypt and Indonesia. Production estimates in 2017 have been pegged at 1.7 MMT for China, almost 900,000 metric tonnes (MT) for Egypt and 800,000 MT for Indonesia.

Surprisingly, less than seven percent of global tilapia production is internationally traded, the majority of which supplies growing markets in the United States and more recently Africa. Nevertheless, leading industry experts in Norway are optimistic and see tilapia fillets more broadly making inroads into global whitefish markets in developed countries at competitive prices. Whitefish is a market-oriented term categorising white fleshed, non-oily fish where fat reserves are typically in the liver and not in the flesh and guts. Core wild captured whitefish include cod, Pollack, hake, hoki and saithe species and core farmed whitefish include tilapia, pangasius, catfish, cobia and meagre.

Tilapia are the most widely cultivated of all species with more than 120 countries reporting some commercial activity. In addition, tilapia are cultivated in the highest number of production environments from rice paddies and simple fertilised earth ponds to cages in lakes, aquaponics systems, biofloc technology (BFT) tanks and Recirculation Aquaculture Systems (RAS) and are considered easy to cultivate.

The progressive expansion of tilapia aquaculture globally can be divided into three phases each marked by technological advances driven by research since the 1980’s.

Read the full article, HERE.

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