Wednesday, October 18, 2017

18/10/2017: Registration open for GLOBALG.A.P. webinar on the responsible use of antibiotics on livestock and aquaculture

Responsible use of antibiotics in livestock and aquaculture production – GLOBALG.A.P. webinar on the reduction of antibiotic use via the implementation of the criteria of the GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance standard (IFA)

The growing demand by processors, retailers and consumers to control and reduce the use of antibiotics in their production systems is a cause of concern to livestock and aquaculture producers.

Members of the supply chain are beginning to require antibiotic-free production systems and have started to sell meat and aquaculture products for consumption with the claim “Raised without Antibiotics”.

Public regulators such as the WHO are advocating global action to mitigate antibiotic resistances.

This is due to the growing prevalence of bacteria with antibiotic resistances, such as MRSA and ESBL, and their impact on human health.

This ongoing discussion has triggered multiple activities to lower antibiotic use and the resistances as caused by applications in human and in veterinary medicine.

The GLOBALG.A.P. IFA Standards for livestock and aquaculture require multiple actions and approaches by producers to comply with the control points regarding the responsible use of antibiotics.

GLOBALG.A.P. invites you to attend a free one-hour webinar.

The focus will be on the responsible use of antibiotics and the antibiotic reduction policies as implemented on GLOBALG.A.P. IFA farms certified for livestock and aquaculture.

Customised solutions as provided by GLOBALG.A.P., such as the “Sustainable Meat Initiative” by Dutch retailers, will also be discussed.

The webinar includes a Q&A session with the participants.

The focus group for the first webinar on this topic is:
• Producers
• Auditors and inspectors of certification bodies
• Farm Assurers

 The speakers:
• For livestock: Dr. Roland Aumüller, Standards Manager Livestock
• For aquaculture: Mrs. Valeska Weymann, Aquaculture Expert

The key learning objectives:
Participants will gain insights into:
• The criteria for producers of livestock and aquaculture regarding the responsible use of antibiotics with specific focus on training of staff and record-keeping.
• The role of the contracted veterinary surgeon when initiating an antibiotic treatment.
• The veterinary health plan and its integrated reduction policy for antibiotics.
• Preventative measures to lower the use of antibiotics to achieve a more sustainable production.
• The approach by Dutch retailers with a GLOBALG.A.P. add-on module for additional criteria on responsible use of antibiotics and their reduction.

Date and time:
The first webinars will be on Wednesday, 25 October 2017

a) 10:00 to 11:00 am CET
b) 5:00 to 6:00 pm CET
Language: English

To register click, HERE.

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18/10/2017: Australia’s strategy to double value of aquaculture industry by 2027

Developed by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources for Australia, the strategy will be implemented for the ten year period between 2017 and 2027

The National Aquaculture Strategy sets out how Australia will achieve the goal to double the current value of our aquaculture industry to $2 billion a year by 2027. 

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Achieving an aquaculture growth target of $2 billion a year by 2027 will require strong collaboration between aquaculture industry participants and Australian, state and territory governments.

The National Aquaculture Strategy details the actions government and industry need to take to meet this target.

According to the Australian government website, “We developed the strategy in consultation with industry, state and Northern Territory governments, identifying eight priority areas to encourage new projects and grow existing businesses.”

Priorities identified in the strategy:

- Regulatory framework — removing unnecessary burden on business.
- Research, development and extension — maximising the benefits of innovation.
- Market access — developing and improving access to domestic and international markets.
- Biosecurity — understanding and managing risks to protect Australia’s aquaculture.
- Public perception — improving knowledge of aquaculture as a safe and sustainable industry.
- Environmental performance — identifying opportunities to adopt cost-effective strategies.
- Investment — encouraging and promoting investment in our aquaculture industry.
- Training and education — ensuring future employment needs are met.

For more information and to read the strategy, visit the website, HERE.

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18/10/2017: Green technology makes sludge profitable

Visualisation of set-up (source: Blue Ocean/Nagelld 3d)
 Blue Ocean Technology signs long-term agreement with water treatment solution provider Sorbwater Technology. 

 The co-operation minimises emissions in water and puts a value on sludge from the aquaculture industry, says Jan Henning Legreid, Blue Ocean Technology CEO. 

 Sorbwater Technology has developed a suite of completely biodegradable solutions for industrial high-performance water treatment applications. The solutions are particularly suitable for the oil and gas industry and aquaculture. 

Logo: Blue Ocean Technology
 Through using the Sorbwater technology, utilising natural alienates, total particle emissions from aquaculture facilities are significantly reduced. Used in combination with Blue Ocean Technology's organic filter, the combined heavy metal and particle content in the sludge is reduced with up to 90 percent. Consequently the nutritious aquaculture biomass waste (food leftover and excrements/faeces) may be transformed to fertiliser. Unlike various thermic solutions, Blue Ocean Technology enables turning aquaculture sludge into a resource. 

 International perspective
Signing the contract (Steen [L] Legreid [R]) 
Svein Egil Steen, CEO, Sorbwater Technology commented, "We are delighted to have been chosen as Blue Ocean's partner. It further strengthens our position as a supplier of green technology into the segment. The deal will also help to put us on the map in the fast growing, global fish-farming and aquaculture markets. We will provide our green flocculation chemical, Sorbfloc, and separation technology to Blue Ocean Technology for use in the global aquaculture market."

Blue Ocean Technology CEO Jan Henning Legreid
 Norwegian innovation in key aquaculture markets
 Mr Henning Legreid commented, "Aquaculture and fish farming are vital industries for Norway, indeed the world, moving forward. We are extremely happy to be working with our trusted and valued partner Sorbwater Technology in such an exciting area bringing Norwegian innovation to these important markets.

 He continued, "Or technologies and know-how combined truly shows that green solutions can be profitable solutions. And in addition to turning waste into a resource, it enables production of bigger biomasses - as the restricting factor tends to be the waste emission quota.

Visit the Blue Ocean Technology website here. 
Visit the Sorbwater Technology website here. 

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

18/10/2017: Fish international trade fair celebrates 30 years in 2018

Germany's most important fish industry event is coming up once again

From Sunday 25 to Tuesday 27 February 2018, fish processors and fishmongers, canteen operators, restaurateurs and food retailers will converge on the Bremen Messe exhibition halls for the fish international.

"It's going to be an exciting trade fair, the exhibitor response is already great" says long-time Project Manager of the fish international, Sabine Wedell.

"We're looking forward to celebrating our 30th birthday with the industry."

In 2016, some 11,700 visitors came to the fish international. They also took a look at two further events: the GASTRO IVENT with ideas and solutions for the gastronomy industry in North-West Germany, and the trade show of Fleischer-Einkauf AG
Image credit: 
MESSEBREMEN/Oliver Wachenfeld

The event started in 1988 with more than 100 exhibitors inspired by the initiative of fishmonger Peter Koch-Bodes. Some of those first exhibitors are still on board 30 years later – for instance Dutch company Parlevliet & van der Plas.

But many of the 300 companies now represented will be there for the first time. For example a Croatian company will unveil a type of smoked and marinated sea bass new to the market. A British company is the first of its kind to receive an animal welfare label for its salmon farm.

Altogether, 40 percent of the exhibitors come from abroad. A strong presence apart from Dutch companies are exhibitors from Denmark.

"We're delighted about the growing interest in Eastern Europe," says Sabine Wedell.

Evidence of this is provided by a large number of Polish companies, plus participants from Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania. At the stands, the trade public can find out about new products, talk shop and make new contacts.

The trade fair also presents a range of special highlights.

In the "Smoke House", it's all about new preparation ideas for fish and its role in nutrition concepts such as the low-carb diet. According to plans, visitors will be able to try "Poké Bowls" colourfully mixed sushi bowls with a Hawaiian twist.

Once again, the aquaculture area will be even larger, showcasing equipment for conventional breeding as well as fish production in recirculation systems. A symposium will include individual modules tackling salmonid and shrimp cultivation, animal welfare and best-practice examples of closed recirculation systems.

A traditional highlight since the very first trade fair is the "Trawl Party" on Sunday night with music, dancing, good food and plenty of opportunity to chat. Before that, respected trade journal FischMagazine will once again award its Seafood Star for outstanding ideas, e.g. in retailing. "There will also be a premiere," says Sabine Wedell.

"On Monday afternoon, the first fish sommeliers will receive this new distinction"

It's a qualification that raises the holders to the top of the game: The title goes to participants – including fishmongers, purchasers and restaurateurs – who have completed a course of 50 hours of theory and practice and passed an exam before the Chamber of Commerce.

Sabine Wedell sums up the concept as "One ticket - three trade fairs". In Hall 4 visitors can take a look around the Fleischer-Einkauf AG trade show. In Hall 6 and for the first time also in Hall 7, the third GASTRO IVENT provides ideas and solutions for the gastronomy industry in North-West Germany.

Special areas of interest here are the "Coffee Style" with the latest coffee trends and "Crafted", dedicated to craft products.

Visitors can also discover high-end food and beverages, kitchen equipment, cash register systems and much more.

Visit the Fish International website, HERE.

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18/10/2017: Economy in fish farming

by Peter Jessen, Technical Support Manager, Aller Aqua Group

In a modern world the laws of the jungle apply – those who can produce efficiently survive, whilst the rest languish

Management is about more than buying cheap and selling expensively. Of course you need to find the best price both when buying and selling goods, but it is just as important to optimise production. One must maximise output from the available resources, and remember that the lowest possible FCR is rarely the goal. Good growth can be just as profitable.

When selling feeds for professional aquaculture you are often involved in discussions about the right choice of feed and feeding strategy. Highlighted below you will find some of the aspects to consider.

Planning is crucial
Modern management is primarily focused on planning. Without planning you cannot run an efficient operation and will at some point find yourself not utilising your fish farming facilities in the best possible way - either due to lack of biomass in terms of numbers or size.

It is a bad situation when you are unable to feed the fish in an optimal way due to unfavourable conditions or overstocking. Large amounts of money have been lost when fish farmers have had to hold back fish. An even worse scenario is choosing to start feeding to colour the fish (for example - when producing trout); to later discover that you and many others have large red fish that there is no market for.

The fish must be produced in order for them to be ready when the market is – just in time – no sooner and no later. An increasing share of fish is sold to processing plants and supermarkets, which to an increasingly larger extent regulates the market.

This leads to the necessity of entering into long-term contracts with set delivery dates, and this again makes the processing-industry prefer suppliers who can supply a predetermined amount of fish at an agreed time. This is a challenge for some, and an opportunity for others. Fixed contracts are the first prerequisite for creating a production plan, aiming for a minimum of idle production time or overstocking.

Planning production of animals is obviously affected by biology and weather conditions, and thus to an extent uncertain. This increases the need for careful planning, makes the challenge bigger and makes it necessary to adapt plans continuously.

Feeding strategy
A crucial part of planning is determining the feeding strategy. A feeding strategy obviously encompasses a choice of feed, but more importantly you should decide on the amount of feed that should be used in all phases of production.

Good farming conditions are a basic requirement for animal welfare, although real life conditions do not always provide for this. The actual farming conditions should be considered when planning. The feeding strategy should aim to achieve the highest possible growth within the given parameters. A possible exception to this rule could be made in situations with limited access to feed, or when regulation demands minimal loss of nutrients.

These scenarios can make it relevant to focus on maximum utilisation of the feed, equaling a low feeding quota (FQ). However, most fish farmers, probably more than 90 percent, focus on optimum growth, equalling a high daily growth rate (DGR).

All fish feed producers offer recommended feeding tables, stating the recommended amount of feed which should be fed to healthy fish under good farming conditions. It is important to note that these feeding tables are recommendations. Varying farming conditions could mean that it is not possible to feed as much as stated in the feeding tables, whilst other conditions may enable you to feed much more than stated.

The recommended feeding tables often focus on good feed utilisation, i.e. a low feed conversion ratio (FCR). However, this rarely equals optimum growth. It is a well-known fact that intense feeding gives fast growth, but also a higher FCR. The high FCR is primarily due to the larger amount of wasted feed.

Most fish farmers are aware that very restrictive feeding also gives a higher FCR, which is due to the amount of feed utilised for the daily maintenance of the fish. The correlation between feeding intensity, growth and FCR can be seen in the well-known graph below.

Read the full article, HERE.

Visit the Aller Aqua website, HERE.

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Extru-Tech Inc company profile

Founded in 1985, Extru-Tech® has installed numerous extrusion systems worldwide designed for the production of human food, pet food, aquatic feed and animal feed products.

Extru-Tech® also maintains the reputation of supplying the extrusion industry with superior quality replacement parts.

Extru-Tech® currently produces and markets one of the industry's most complete lines of extrusion processing systems. 

In addition, they offer a full line of ancillary equipment and customised equipment solutions for specialised processes.

Visit the website HERE

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Monday, October 16, 2017

17/10/2017: Shellfish aquaculture development strategy launched, Canada

The provincial government has released the New Brunswick Shellfish Aquaculture Development Strategy 2017-2021

“The sustainable development of shellfish aquaculture is a priority and this strategy combines respect for the environment with job creation,” said Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Rick Doucet. 

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“The shellfish aquaculture sector is a growth opportunity for coastal and First Nations communities.”

The strategy provides continuity from earlier strategies. Its primary objective is an annual increase of 10 per cent in the number of oysters produced.

This would represent a total of 30 million oysters for consumption, $12 million in farm gate sales, and $6.4 million in exports in 2021.

The strategy provides the Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries with an action framework for shellfish aquaculture over the next four years.

“Our government is listening to New Brunswickers. We are focused on their priorities and we are delivering results,” said Minister Doucet.

“We are making decisions that will positively impact on these priority areas and create a better quality of life for everyone who lives, works and raises a family in this province.”

Steady growth in the sector would present a significant opportunity for existing entrepreneurs and newcomers.

“The industry offers a unique opportunity for New Brunswick First Nations located in coastal communities,” said Indian Island First Nation Chief Ken Barlow.

“With a relatively young and growing First Nation population in the province, the sector offers employment and business opportunities that will benefit both First Nations and New Brunswick.”

The shellfish aquaculture industry is a major generator of economic activity in the rural and coastal communities of eastern New Brunswick.

It provides benefits for the province by creating jobs, expanding the tax base, and increasing the capacity to keep workers and entrepreneurs in their home communities, encouraging those who left to come back home or attracting others from outside the province.

Read the original press release, HERE.

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