Monday, July 24, 2017

25/07/2017: World Aquaculture Society 2017: Cape Town

by Darren Parris, International Aquafeed magazine

This was a truly formidable WAS aquaculture conference
What can I say, other than well done to all that made it such a success! Attendance was superb, with more than 1,400 delegates alone from over 35 African countries that had all been sponsored by the African Union.

In all we know there were in excess of 2,500 visitors as we had brought over 2,000 of our International Aquafeed magazines to the exhibition and they were all gone by the third day. With the theme of “Sustainable Aquaculture” what better place to kick this off than in Africa, after those immortalised words were uttered by Roger Gilbert the then Founder and secretary General of the IFIF said in the presence of Kofi Annan at the UN in 1997 “We need to feed 9.5 billion people by 2050”.

But how? Well these number and sentence have driven a crusade across the globe to focus on and work together to solve this issue. It was therefore no surprise that Dr Rohanna Subasinghe, the former chief of Aquaculture at the FAO, opened the conference with this very same topic. What followed over the coming four days were 70 excellent conferences on a multitude of topics and in between the conferences, the many delegates could visit the exhibition hall and visit with the over 100 exhibitors.

We have included a selection of exhibitors from the event over the coming pages and if you missed out on this wonderful event, please make sure you are at Aquaculture America next year being held at the Paris hotel in Las Vegas.

The opening

World Aquaculture 2017 was officially opened by the Guinean Ambassador to South Africa as unfortunately President Alpha Condé was unable to make it due to last minute unforeseen circumstances and the President of the African Union. In the opening speeches the panel focused on the “spotlight on Africa’ theme and the importance of conferences and show like WAS for the whole African community.

Read the full report, HERE.

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FAMSUN company profile

Muyang Co, Ltd recently announced changing its brand name from Muyang to FAMSUN starting May 2014. This move is prompted by the idea of better illustrating the company’s business and the farm-to-table industry chain it serves. It is consistent with Muyang’s global strategy and its aim of becoming an integrated solution provider in the agro-industry.

FAMSUN originates from “famous, farm, family, sun and union”; it implies Muyang Co, Ltd’s development concept and vision, which is to build a green and healthy supply chain from farm to table together with its customers and to convert traditional agriculture into a modern, profitable and sustainable business with its integrated solutions in feed manufacturing, grain milling, grain handling and storage, food processing, as well as industrial automation.

The creative design of the FAMSUN logo features a beveled letter “F”, a curvy letter “A”, a stretching letter “S” and a friendly letter “U”. It will be the only signage representing Muyang’s business, products, service and solutions. Meanwhile, the company will continue to operate in its current structure, provide follow-up service based on relevant agreement, and its business contacts will remain unchanged. 

Visit the website HERE.

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

24/07/2017: Scotland unites at Aqua Nor

Ten Scottish companies are now preparing for their participation at the first Scottish pavilion at Aqua Nor – and they are excited to showcase both the strength and ambition of the Scottish aquaculture supply chain, as well as the academic expertise in aquaculture

The Scottish pavilion is jointly hosted by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and Scottish Development International (SDI), placed in hall A-006. The ten Scottish companies that will be joining them on the pavilion are:

- Gael Force Marine Equipment Ltd – marine equipment supplier
- AquaMoor Ltd – mooring technology
- Aqualife – fish vaccine delivery
- Fusion Marine Ltd – fish cages
- Tritech International Ltd – underwater imaging equipment
- Trimara Services – net cleaning equipment and service
- Institute of Aquaculture – research and consultancy
- Thistle Marine (Peterhead) Ltd – crane supply, load testing and repair
- OTAQ – acoustic seal deterrent
- Bioemitters – biodynamic parasite control equipment

Currently two companies, Gael Force and Aqua Moor, are planning new product launches during Aqua Nor. Artist impression of the Scottish pavilion. 

Image credit: Dave Conner on Flickr
Knowledge based industry
The chance to meet a global audience has been a key factor when the group decided to participate at Aqua Nor 2017. Scotland’s expertise in aquaculture stems from their science- and facts-based approach to fish health and production. No other country worldwide can boast a higher number of world-class universities per head of population – and the graduates and science departments of the universities have been a key resource for Scottish companies.

Scottish innovation

Strong networks of industry and academic expertise create a collaborative environment that produces results. Joint projects include a trial to test the commercial viability of a mussel hatchery in Scotland and a project to increase the sustainable supply of cleaner-fish for use in sea lice control. “There is an innovative nature to the aquaculture industry. And the companies that are coming to Aqua Nor thrive in this environment – taking advantage of all our expertise in life sciences, fish health, biosciences – and of course technology and engineering. The Scottish aquaculture industry is well regulated and renowned for its high standards”, says Dr Andrea McColl, Senior Development Manager Life Sciences at HIE.

Aquaculture important for employment

The aquaculture industry is important for Scotland, in particular for the Highlands and Islands, providing valuable employment in the coastal areas. The Scottish aquaculture industry and the Scottish Government share the ambition to see it double by 2030.

Positioned for growth
The companies attending Aqua Nor are all looking for international growth. “The technology, knowledge, products and services we bring with us have been used successfully along the Scottish coast line – and we believe our expertise and experience is a valuable addition to the global industry”, says Dr McColl.

High expectations
This is the first time attending Aqua Nor for McColl and several of her travel companions. “We expect a high number of visitors at our stand and look forward to showing them what we have to offer. We regard Aqua Nor as the most important aquaculture exhibition, so our expectations are high”, Dr McColl adds. The Scottish Pavilion will host a networking reception, making it easy to connect with the Scottish industry representatives and learn more about their products and services.

Visit the Aqua Nor website, HERE.

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24/07/2017: Zinpro Corporation names Dr Mihai Sun as aquaculture nutritionist

Zinpro Corporation announces that Mihai Sun, Ph.D., has joined the company as aquaculture nutritionist

Mihai Sun, Ph.D.
Image credit: Zinpro
 In this position, he provides technical support and research expertise for the company’s aquaculture customers across the globe. In addition, he develops and implements research protocols, as part of the Zinpro Corporation Research and Nutritional Services (RNS) team, to identify current and future needs for trace mineral nutrition in aquaculture production and provides solutions for customers.

“Mihai brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to provide our global aquaculture customers with research and technical support specific to this industry,” says Terry Ward, Ph.D., RNS global director, Zinpro Corporation.

“We are excited to have Mihai on our team to further help our customers to improve performance and wellness of their aquaculture species and to answer their questions about optimal nutrition for aquaculture production.”

Dr Sun has authored or co-authored a variety of peer-reviewed research articles related to aquaculture nutrition and is currently an animal nutrition reviewer for the North American Journal of Aquaculture.

He earned his doctorate in animal nutrition from the University of Missouri-Columbia, his master’s degree in fish nutrition from Pukyong National University in Busan, South Korea, and his bachelor’s degree in aquaculture from Dalian Ocean University in Dalian, China.

In addition to his research and academic pursuits, Dr Sun has spent more than a decade working in the aquaculture industry, most recently serving as an aquaculture nutritionist for a North American feed manufacturer with a focus on specialty and aquatic feeds. He has also worked as an aquafeed technical manager for a feed company in Shanghai, China.

As an industry leader in trace mineral nutrition for livestock and poultry, Zinpro is committed to delivering the technical expertise, products and educational tools needed to help customers improve the performance and profitability of their operations.

Visit the Zipro website, HERE.

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24/07/2017: The benefits of abrasion and UV resistance nets

by Elihai Radzinski, Director, Fibras Industriales S.A.

Fibras Industriales S.A., commercially known as FISA has been around for over 70 years

Until the late 90s, the company focused mostly on the South American market with some sales to central and North America. The main reason for this was that until the millennium, Peru would fish around nine million tonnes per year and with Chile fishing an additional four million tonnes, the two countries alone represented around 15 percent of world fishing in terms of volume. 

Image credit: FISA
As FISA had around 40 percent market share of those two countries together with some additional sales to Ecuador, Mexico and North America, the company had a market share above eight percent of world netting requirements and much higher for ocean fishing considering that until recently FISA only dealt with multifilament netting and not the monofilament introduced over the past five years.

As always, times change and markets change, therefore over the past 20 years FISA has dedicated more and more resources for growth in the aquaculture industry on a global scale. The first stage was to divert existing knotless Raschel machines towards production for the Chile Salmon aquaculture market.

As this market grew with extreme speed, it was within no time that FISA was obliged to invest in new machinery for this netting and with this extra capacity new markets were entered like the lake farmed tilapia in Honduras and Mexico and during the first years of the century, FISA started supplying rigged cages and bulk netting to European customers with tougher weather conditions such as The Canary Islands and Greece.

Each time the company entered new markets, we learnt together with our customers the specific requirements for each market and developed new products that better suit each requirement. The biggest advantage FISA has over other netting manufacturers is that we have a complete range of products and not just Raschel Knotless netting. This means we can always innovate and adapt to each markets specific requirements.

FISA Polymax ropes

In The Canary Islands, there are very strong currents that cause the vertical ropes of the cages to rub with the structural cage. This leads to friction and abrasion of the rope. Apart from adding plastic hoses to the first 1.5 meters of the rope, we proposed to our customer the use of Polymax ropes instead of polypropylene or Polysteel.

For those of you not familiar with the difference between these products, Polysteel is basically a mix of polyethylene and polypropylene (mixed at extrusion stage, not production of rope stage) thus giving the product the benefits of both materials. In the case of Polymax the rope is composed of Polyethylene and Polyester a combination that highlights flexibility and high abrasion resistance. What we have done is taken a polyethylene rope and wrapped it in multifilament Polyester.

This product is slightly more expensive but its benefits in abrasion resistance and at the same time UV resistance (thus delaying the downgrading of the rope) greatly outweigh the extra costs that can add up to a couple of hundred US dollars per cage. Polyester has a higher density than the monofilament polysteel or polyethylene thus could increase the weight of the cage in an unnecessary manner.

That is the main reason we have not proposed polyester ropes but we definitely don’t discard that option for customers willing to try it although it would be more recommendable to use the FISA polytar rope.

FISA Polytar ropes

An additional product we recommend for harsh conditions is the Polytar rope that is made of high tenacity polyester but at the same time coated with a tar solution developed by FISA that will work as a lubricant during manoeuvring specially with the stretching of the rope in open sea conditions.

It is important to mention that we don’t simply tar the ropes but rather the actual twines that compose the ropes so it is not just a top layer of protective tar but also actually a rope produced with tar inside. This protective coating also gives added protection against the UV rays.

Read the full article, HERE.

Visit the FISA 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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Thursday, July 20, 2017

21/07/2017: Yanmar announces the latest innovations to be shown at Aqua Nor 2017, Norway

Yanmar will be attending Aqua Nor from 15th – 18th August, 2017 in Trondheim, Norway

They will be at several locations, with Yanmar Norge on stand A1-058, and the net cleaning robot distributor ØSTERBØ MASKIN AS on stand A-021

Yanmar Norge will be presenting the ever-popular 6AYM, 6HYM, 6CXBM and the 6LY440, a light duty commercial engine.

Image credit: Gunvor Røkke on Flickr

Morten-Erik Haugen, Sales Manager Commercial High Speed Diesel Engines for Yanmar Norge AS says, “This event offers a great opportunity for potential customers to get up close to the engines and talk directly to the makers. Also for questions and inquiries for the Yanmar Medium speed engines you are welcome at our booth. We’ll also be giving a free snow blower to everyone who makes a purchase on the stand, an idea which has proved extremely popular at the other shows we’ve attended this year.”

Meanwhile at the Martec B-100 Skansen/Marina stand visitors can inspect the NorCraft 1066 SpeedMax fishing vessel, and even take it for a spin. The 10.66M machine features a Yanmar 6CXBM-GT rated at 509hp.

Mr Haugen explains, “We are particularly excited about this vessel because next to our engines it is also the public launch of the Martec Joystick DP which our dealer Martec AS has installed. It’s great that potential customers can actually pilot it around in the water to get a feel for what we have to offer.”

Also in the marina will be a servicing and personnel boat, the SereCraft S8. Designed for fish farmers, this 7.9M vessel boasts a 370hp Yanmar 6LY2A-UTP engine coupled to a sturdy Yanmar KMH61A gearbox. Net gain Ruben Antvelink, Area Manager, YEU will be the contact person at the show for all matters relating to the remote net cleaner.

“This is another highlight for us,” notes Mr Antvelink. “This robot can make a massive difference in fish farm hygiene allowing stocks to thrive and offer the farmer better yields. We’re really looking forward to meeting customers old and new.”

To better demonstrate the system’s capabilities, the company is introducing a 3D model of an appropriately kitted out vessel, a 13M NorCraft 1300 WCAT fitted with 2 Yanmar 6CH-WUTE engines rated at 255hp. The net cleaner can be seen close up at the ØSTERBØ stand, so fish farmers can really scrutinise the latest design and work out the benefits for themselves.

Mr Antvelink adds, “Cleanliness at fish farms is more important than ever now. This machine offers a cost-effective and reliable way of achieving this. Only one operator is needed and it works as much as four times faster than conventional models.”

Visit the Yanmar website, HERE.

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