Thursday, January 18, 2018

18/01/2018: Benchmark solution allows salmon farmers to delouse without affecting the environment

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Caption - "Salmon farms - Salmon farms somewhere on Eysteroy"
CleanTreat cleanses the treatment water after delousing in well boats, and the water is clean before it is released back into the fjords. The solution allows salmon farmers to use medical treatments against sea lice without affecting the environment. 

Malcom Pye, CEO of Benchmark commented, "Chemical based bath treatments that are released into the fjords is one of the biggest objections to the salmon farming industry. CleanTreat solves this environmental challenge. 

The solution can be applied during delousing on regular well boats. 

Prevents resistant sea live
 Mr Pye continued, "CleanTreat is a purification unit that removes all medical components from the water before it is released back into the sea. It also prevents all removed live from returning to the sea, so that they will not spread resistance to the treatments."

 The solution will continuously be developed further together with the industry. The next step is scalable trials in partnership with Norwegian salmon farming companies. CleanTreat can be used with most licensed bath treatments. 

A tool box with sea lice solutions
 The aquaculture industry needs various solutions to be able to keep low levels of sea lice. 

Mr Pye explained, "The future lies in the preventative methods against sea lice, and Benchmark is currently developing such solutions. However, CleanTreat makes is possible to use medical treatments without affecting the environment in situations where is necessary, and until we have developed sufficient preventative methods."

A holistic approach to the challenge 
 Benchmark first started working with the aquaculture industry in 2004 through Fish Vet Group. Salmobreed, Stofnfiskur and INVE are also part of the Benchmark group. The aim is to find sustainable solutions to the industry's challenges.

Malcom Pye stated, "We have great faith in aquaculture as an important and efficient source for food in the decades to come. We are tackling the industry's challenges from many angles, such as breeding and genetics, fish health, advanced nutrition and knowledge services. That gives us the opportunity to find holistic solutions. 

He is optimistic regarding the industry's future, saying, "Aquaculture is a young industry. In our work with the agriculture sector we have also seen challenges that looked impossible at first glance. However, there are always solutions. It is only a question of time before we find them."

Read more here.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

18/01/2018: Offshore Mariculture Conference Asia 2018, final call for papers

There are just two days left to submit an abstract Abstracts using case and “real life” studies will be given precedence. Submit your abstract by 19th January 2018 at the latest.

Companies, organisations and individuals are invited to put forward papers in the following categories:
• Moving from inefficient “nearshore” production approaches to higher energy offshore/industrial approaches – success stories
• Zoning, licensing and security for offshore operations – service providers and linkages to regional and national governments
• Development of large scale hatcheries for production of large quantities of high quality fingerlings, including breeding advances and technology
• Netting the right offshore technology – cages, netting, monitoring systems
• Maximising the efficiency of your operation – need for high quality feeds and targeted nutrition
• Securing financial support for offshore ventures and joint venture approaches – investment case studies
• Marketing – identifying/targeting species and markets before production including requirements for standards and certifications

Abstracts using case and “real life” studies will be given precedence

Why speak at OMC Asia?
• An unprecedented platform for you to meet the next generation of medium/large scale aquaculture stakeholders in South East Asia
• Two daily coffee breaks and a lunch break provide a relaxed atmosphere to network outside the conference room
• Opportunity to take part in the technical visit to a fish farm where you can put your learning into practice

Submit an abstract to:

The 8th Offshore Mariculture Conference will be held in association with the US Soybean Export Council, USSEC, in Singapore, from May 15 - 17, 2018.

The conference will consist of 2 days of technical presentations and panel discussions from high level experienced operators in the sector. The event concludes with a technical visit to an operating farm, providing delegates with an insight into their inner workings.

Please call +44 1329 825 335 or email to contact the Events team.

For more information visit the Offshore Mariculture Conference Asia website, HERE.

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18/01/2018: Sustainable processing in the era of digital flows

Bühler Aeroglide, a global leader in thermal process engineering and technology for food, feed, and industrial materials, has introduced a new customer-partnership approach that uses big data flows to reach unprecedented levels of processing efficiency

The company’s new Digital Service Group is turning IIoT connectivity into true business value, giving operators and managers the ability to make decisions with confidence.

“Bühler’s Digital Services Group brings another dimension to our partnerships with customers,” said Paul McKeithan, Head of Digital Services. “We’re going one step further, after engineering a pilot process, scaling it for mass production, and manufacturing and commissioning a technology solution. Access to data analytics from full time, real-time process monitoring means we can help customers make better decisions. We can help them act on information quickly and effectively, in ways that impact every aspect of business.”

Bühler now offers a dedicated team, with products and services that are helping customers move toward new avenues of growth. Comprised of hardware, software, cloud-based storage and ongoing process expertise, based on algorithms from decades of thermal processing experience, customers can achieve and sustain the most efficient drying operations ever.

“In today’s competitive marketplace, with economic and environmental conditions constantly changing, sustainable processing is aimed at meeting present needs without compromising future viability,” said Mr McKeithan. “It’s not just our corporate responsibility, sustainability directly relates to efficiency, minimising waste, finding cost-savings and new profitability. Our Digital Services Group gives customers the integrated operational connectivity they need to ensure business success.”

Digital services and the industrial internet of things (IIoT) are rapidly transforming processing operations with intuitive and intelligent analytical capabilities. In an increasingly connected digital world, seamless monitoring of end-to-end processing ensures consistency in product, efficient energy use and safe food production.

With data analytics that track and measure operational success, customers can make real time business decisions that impact the bottom line. Required changes can be immediate, saving valuable time needed for manual testing, while increasing a dryer’s yield. Even the smallest percentage gain can increase profitability.

A real-time management that achieves a net increase of just one percent in finished moisture can result in a return-on-investment increase of $300,000. This translates into an energy savings valued at $20,000 per year. Bühler Aeroglide’s total IIoT solution consists of intuitive analytics that enable the highest processing efficiencies, with products that answer real-time customer needs. For reliable moisture control, continuously monitoring and controlling moisture content of a product exiting the dryer means adjustments can be made immediately when needed.

For food safety, process monitoring with sensor-based technology gives users access to real-time log reduction data based on parameter sensors that send information to a program modelled to a particular process. Should a process change occur, the user is alerted so that the process can be stopped or diverted. For segments of the food and feed industries that rely on drying or roasting equipment for a kill step, this is a valuable solution for food safety validation.

Bühler’s Digital Services Group knows the power of data analytics. When customers are connected to processing expertise, viewed in real time via computer, phone, tablet or other web-connected devices, with cloud-based storage and custom dashboards providing the most critical data, they gain information they can use. The results can be transformative for business operations and the bottom line.

Visit the Bühler website, HERE.

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18/01/2018: İmaş Machinery establishes the first R&D centre of its sector

The application of İmaş Machinery to Ministry of Science, Industry, and Technology for a R&D centre has been approved, the company has now signed the first R&D centre of its sector. 

İmaş Machinery, an affiliate of İttifak Holding, has received 21 designs and patents within the scope of recent R&D works. Accelerating its activities in this field, the company has become the first company to have an R&D centre in machinery installation industry by establishing its R&D centre in order to amplify itself in the sector.

İmaş Machinery General Manager, Mustafa Özdemir
Image credit: İmaş Machinery

İmaş Machinery has signed the sixth R&D centre of Konya with this move. Operating in the machinery installation sector and producing milling plants and milling machinery, band sawbucks used in metal cutting, steel construction for feed plants and feed machinery. İmaş Machinery carries out activities such as research and development, product designing, product development, diagram designing, system designing, software, and automation.

Stating that they export 90 percent of production to almost 90 countries, Mustafa Özdemir, the General Manager of İmaş Machinery, said that they believe performing beneficial works for the country will only be possible through added-value products or services, and this will only be achieved through innovation, and that they have been focusing on R&D activities within this scope.

Mr Özdemir added, “Our company was represented among the top 250 companies according to ‘Companies Making the Most Expenses for R&D Research’ by Turkishtime Magazine. Our company ranked the 173rd in general, it was the only company in the list from Konya. We are aiming to perform our R&D expenses at the level of 1.5 million TRY at the end of this year. These investments affected the development of our product quality in a short time. We were able to develop products with higher energy efficiency while reducing our production cost, and this was positively reflected in our exports. We are working with a team consisting of 21 people in our R&D department. With this centre, we aim to contribute to a creation of a highly efficient and competitive economic environment while producing high added-value products.”

İmaş Machinery
Konya-based İmaş Machinery, which was established in 1989 under the umbrella of İttifak Holding, established milling machinery and turn-key milling systems with its Milleral brand, feed machinery and turnkey feed plants with its Viteral brand. The Company constructs industrial buildings mainly by performing steel construction production with its Steral brand while producing various sawbuck models with its Cuteral brand.

Visit the İmaş Machinery website, HERE.

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Biomin company profile

BIOMIN are dedicated to finding innovative, trend-setting solutions that empower their customers to master existing and future challenges in animal nutrition– the natural way. The application of their scientific know-how and expertise, based on an in-depth understanding of their customer’s needs and concerns, enables them to deliver solutions that support animal health, optimise performance and production efficiency.

Research and development is one of the cornerstones of BIOMIN. Their strong in-house research and development, and global cooperation with leading institutions and organisations form the basis by which innovative solutions are developed for their customers.

Through joint projects with renowned universities and research institutes, BIOMIN is constantly in touch with the latest scientific know-how, from which novel feed additives are developed and produced. Their global network of collaborating institutions has grown to over 100.

One of the cornerstones of BIOMIN’s success is the ongoing improvement of their inhouse quality standards. In 1997, BIOMIN introduced the international ISO 9001 standard. The HACCP system, introduced subsequently at BIOMIN’s production sites, provides the quality assurance our customers seek from them. In addition, the feed quality standards QS and GMP+ guarantee the utmost degree of control and quality for their products – from raw material inputs right through to the final product.

Concerns over climate change and the role of greenhouse gases continue to rise. In September 2011, BIOMIN was internationally recognised through the award of ISO 14040 ‘Life Cycle Assessment’ certification. By optimising feed use and improving animal performance, it is possible to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from livestock operations.
Through innovative production technologies and advanced, scientific know-how, BIOMIN has pioneered several trend-setting solutions for a range of animal nutrition products, all of which utilise fully natural processes and ingredients.

An in-depth understanding of what the customer’s needs and concerns are has enabled BIOMIN to create and deliver solutions in-line with performance and efficiency goals.

Visit the BIOMIN website, HERE.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

17/01/2018: Asian-Pacific Aquaculture 2018 - Aquaculture innovation, sustainability and food safety

Taipei International Convention Centre, Taipei, Taiwan April 24-26, 2018

Plenary Speakers and WAS-APC Awards at APA18

The Board of WAS-APC wish all a Happy New Year 2018, and thank all our partners and supporters for their continuous support and fruitful cooperation to make the Annual Conference and Exposition of Asian-Pacific Aquaculture a success. WAS-APC together with NTOU is organising the #APA18 Asian Pacific Aquaculture 2018.

The International event will be hosted at the Taipei International Convention Center (TICC) from April 23 to 26, 2018 (Taiwan). 

Dr Ching Fong Chang
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Ching Fong Chang
The first plenary speaker will be Dr Ching Fong Chang, President of NTOU and co-chair of APA18. His presentation will be the opportunity to introduce the conference theme “Aquaculture innovation, sustainability and food safety” to all APA18 participants.

Ching-Fong Chang is a distinguished Professor and the President of the National Taiwan Ocean University (NTOU). Under the leadership of the former presidents and through all the faculty and staff members’ efforts, National Taiwan Ocean University strives to be one of the most outstanding universities of Ocean Studies both in Taiwan and in the world. The University has transformed herself into a comprehensive university and is recognised in teaching, research and social services. It was awarded as one of the World Top 400 universities by The Times Higher Education (THE) in 2011. 

Dr Wang Qingyin
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Dr Wang Qingyin
The second plenary speaker is Dr Wang Qingyin, President of the China Fisheries Society, and Senior Researcher at the Yellow Sea Fisheries Research Institute, CAFS, China. The title of his presentation is “Green Development--A Rational Approach to Sustainable Aquaculture.”

“It is well known that China has achieved great progress in the field of aquaculture in the past three decades, but many problems or challenges are forcing the industry to search for more scientifically developing approaches for a sustainable development. Dr Wang hopes to take this opportunity to present some new progresses in this aspect.”

Wang Qingyin is the President of the China Fisheries Society, senior researcher and former Director General of Yellow Sea Fisheries Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences (CAFS). He has been working on genetics and breeding of maricultural organisms and maricultural technologies since the early 1980s’, especially on the selective breeding and genetic improvement of new varieties with traits such as faster growth rate and disease resistance in farming shrimps. He has published over 260 peer-reviewed articles and 20 books as chief editor on breeding and mariculture relevant themes. His research achievement “The breeding of ‘Huanghai No. 1’ new variety of shrimp Fenneropenaeus chinensis and healthy farming technology” was awarded as the second class prize of National Science &Technology Invention Award of China in 2007, and over 10 achievements were awarded as province/ministry level science and technology progress award.

We are inviting all international aquaculture experts from industry, academia and governments to participate in this exceptional event. In addition to the conference, APA18 also organise tradeshow with >100 booth. The tradeshow will last for three days from April 24th to April 26th. The conference and exhibition hall is situated in a very convenient area of Taipei, closes to Taipei 101, in the heart of the city and close to many touristic activities. As a kind Reminder, please note the DEADLINE for Submission of Papers for presentations at APA18 is January 31, 2018. Late abstract submission will be approved on a case-to-case basis upon decision of the program and session chairs.

All abstracts should be submitted through the WAS website, HERE.

WAS-APC Awards at #APA18
As every year, WAS-APC is offering Awards for this year’s event in Taipei. The student award structure is in line with the WAS award structure and WAS-APC will continue financing and awarding exceptional women within the field of aquaculture. Note that only members of WAS-APC can benefit from these awards

Register on the WAS Website, HERE.

The three award categories are:

1. Pre-conference Student Travel Awards – Evaluated on Abstract
- Best three abstracts will be awarded $400 USD to support their travel to #APA18

2. Presentation/Poster Awards for Students - Evaluated during the conference
- Best two presentations will be awarded $600 USD & $400 USD
- Best two posters will be awarded $600 USD & $400 USD

3. Travel Award for exceptional Women working within Aquaculture – Evaluated on submission
- $600 USD for 2 women + free registration to APA conference.

For more details on the awards, please contact Dr Felix S., chair of the Awards Committee of WAS-APC, and copy the WAS-APC secretariat

Trade Show and Exhibition
Trade shows and exhibitions are an excellent way to promote businesses and products. 99 percent of the booth for #APA18 are booked so we advise you to hurry and contact Mario ( to book a booth at the exhibition hall.

Sponsor for the event
APA18 Gold sponsors:
- Sheng Long Bio-Tech International Co., Ltd

WAS premier sponsors:
- Blue Aqua International PTE LTD
- Tyson Food Inc. Corporate ,
- Zeigler Bros. Inc. and

APA18 session sponsors:
- Nutriad
- MSD Animal Health/ Merck
- DaBomb inside
- Kemin

The WAS team look forward to meeting you in Taiwan.

For Conference management contact John Cooksey, Email:
For Booths and Sponsors, contact Mario Stael, Email:
WAS-APC office:

Visit the World Aquaculture Society website, HERE

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17/01/2018: Pacific Seafood is world’s first to offer Four-Star BAP Oysters

Pacific Seafood, one of North America’s largest seafood companies, is the world’s first company to offer four-star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) oysters

Four-star is the highest designation in the BAP third-party certification program. For “fed” species, it signifies that a product originated from a BAP-certified processing plant, was sourced from a BAP-certified farm, and has utilised seed and feed from BAP-certified hatcheries and feed mills.

Image credit: BAP

Oysters feed naturally on phytoplankton in the seawater, and therefore do not require feed from a feed mill, but because BAP’s mollusk farm standards contain many specifications for responsible stocking rates and monitoring of natural feeding processes, BAP has determined that Pacific Seafood can offer four-star BAP oysters as opposed to just three-star BAP oysters.

“At Pacific Seafood we are dedicated to providing the healthiest protein on the planet, which is why having third-party validation by BAP of our entire supply chain for oysters is critical,” said Chris Jones, hatchery operations manager for Pacific Seafood. “We are proud to begin offering our customers oysters that meet the highest standards of respect, throughout the entire supply chain, for the environment, workers and the community as well as animal welfare and food safety.”

Pacific Seafood’s BAP-certified oyster processing plant and farm are located in South Bend, Wash., while the BAP-certified oyster hatchery is located in Quilcene, Wash. This is the first step toward the company’s goal that all Pacific Seafood oysters achieve four-star status. This year the company will focus on certifying additional facilities and adding new four-star oyster products to the market. Pacific Seafood also operates a BAP-certified steelhead farm in Nespelem, Wash.

Formulated feeds are not used with mollusks, which feed only on phytoplankton and other such naturally occurring organisms in the water. The BAP mollusk farm standards require farms to manage stocking rates to avoid exceeding the environment’s production carrying capacity. It also requires farms to conduct monitoring of neighboring benthic communities to ensure that the consumption of naturally occurring organisms by the mollusks is not causing negative sediment impacts. Farms must also carefully monitor the surrounding environment to ensure it remains free of potential contaminants that may cause human food-safety risks.

These factors all contribute toward ensuring that responsible feeding practices are being adhered to at BAP-certified mollusk farms. Thus the “feed-related” star will be awarded to all BAP-certified mollusk farms associated with a processing plant, farm and hatchery, allowing them to achieve BAP four-star status. In the case of mollusk farms, such as mussel farms, where hatcheries are currently uncommon, up to three stars can be achieved, the first two from the processing plant and farm, and the third by awarding of the “feed-related” star for responsible feeding practices.

It’s been an impressive year of growth for the BAP program, with the number BAP-certified facilities hitting 1,864 through the first 11 months of 2017, up nearly 20 percent from the end of 2016. The total includes 37 mollusk farms producing more than 56,000 metric tons of product per year. The release of the BAP mollusk farm standards in May 2016 opened the door for oyster facilities to pursue BAP certification, as the standards, which replaced the BAP mussel farm standards, encompass all major farmed mollusk species, including mussels, scallops, clams, abalone and oysters.

Visit the Pacific Seafood website, HERE.

Visit the BAP website, HERE

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