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Thursday, September 29, 2016

29/09/2016: Financial support for shrimp farmers, Mexico

The National Commission of Aquaculture and Fisheries (CONAPESCA) has supported shrimp farmers this year.

According to a report on shrimp farmers in Mexico have been supported with resources for MXN 135 million (USD 6.9 million) for the purchase of biological inputs, which has made it possible to recover shrimp aquaculture production in the northwest of the country.

From this federal agency, it has been emphasized that, historically, the national shrimp farming had never received direct support for the development of this activity, as it has happened now.
Image: James Halliday

The component of Aquaculture Development grants support to farmers in the country to purchase hatchlings, juveniles, postlarvae and seeds of species being commercially important, including shrimp.

Since 2014, the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) has allocated more resources for the acquisition of postlarva, following the negative impact that was caused by the atypical mortality in shrimp farms, and the support was maintained in 2015 and 2016.

Last year, supports were granted for MXN 153.4 million (USD 7.8 million) for stocking 54,520 hectares that contributed to the harvest of 60,617 tonnes of shrimp with a value of MXN 4,527 million (USD 230.2 million).

Read more HERE.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

28/09/2016: The Aquaculturalists blog nears 1 million views, give-away contest

Fellow Aquaculturalists,

As some of you may have realised, after years of servicing the industry with up to date aquaculture news, our blog is nearing 1 million views.

As of today, the blog has had 978,788 views, and we expect it will not be long until we pass the one million milestone.

To celebrate this success with our readers we are running a celebratory contest!

The first ten readers of The Aquaculturalists to screenshot the page with the view counter included when it surpasses 1,000,000 views, and send their screenshots through to us will receive a complimentary 12-month subscription to International Aquafeed magazine.

Please send your emails through to, to arrange delivery.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

28/09/2016: Sustainable aquaculture growth lies in new feed ingredients

For BioMar, sustainable growth of aquaculture lies in utilising new feed ingredients that match requirements for a good and healthy growth of the fish and for a stable, high quality of the final product.

Exploiting microalgae as a feed ingredient can match these requirements. BioMar is again the Gold Sponsor of the Aquaculture Europe conference.

The overall theme of the 2016-conference being “Food for Thought”, Vidar Gundersen, Global Sustainability Director of the BioMar Group, expresses his thoughts on how to proceed for developing sustainable aquaculture products.

Vidar Gundersen draws attention to the future development of global aquaculture:

“Aquaculture is said to become an ever more important source of proteins for human consumption.
We must secure that it’s growth is sustainable and that the final products provided by our industry, the fish and shrimp that we eat, stay as sound and healthy as they are. For instance by providing a predictable amount of the marine fatty acids in fatty fish species like salmon. Omega-3 fatty acids are proven to have positive health impact on humans and this ads to the a good reputation of the fish as a sound source of proteins for humans.”

According to Vidar Gundersen it is high time for the aquaculture industry to focus on maintaining or even enhancing the omega-3 fatty acid content in farmed salmon and other farmed fish species:

"We need to take care of both the nutritional requirements of the fish and the reputation of farmed fish."

"The omega-3 fatty acids used to be provided to the salmon by the fish oil included in the feed. However, as the global demand for fish oil increases, fish oil suitable for the use in aquafeeds are becoming a scarce raw material."

"The fish oil that is utilised in the production of aquafeeds nowadays is sourced in a sustainable and responsible way, but the supply is limited", Vidar Gundersen added.

Marine fatty acids from microalgae
Earlier this year, the BioMar Group launched a fish feed on the Norwegian market, containing marine fatty acids from microalgae.

Working with global sustainability concerns on a daily basis, Vidar Gundersen is thrilled by the fact that today it is possible to utilize microalgae that produce omega-3:

“I have no doubt, the future growth of aquaculture lies in exploiting algae as a feed ingredient.”

“At the time being, I consider this particular product to be the most sustainable raw material available for the production of salmon feed”, he said.

Vidar Gundersen explained that BioMar does not intend to discontinue the use of fish oil in its feeds. Utilising marine fatty acids from microalgae simply gives us the possibility to increase or maintain the content of omega-3 in feeds, in a sustainable way, he said.

A crucial discussion
There is an increasing public concern regarding marine omega-3 levels in farmed salmon.

“The question is if the content will decrease even more if fish oil availability is endangered”, Vidar Gundersen said.

“I must say that taking up this discussion is crucial. We simply need to find new sources of the right omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA. Farmed salmon is more than just proteins, and it is highly important to secure the fatty acid content of the fish”, Vidar Gundersen concluded. 

Read more HERE.

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27/09/2016: Aquaculture Europe 2016 provides plenty of 'Food for Thought'

The great and the good of the Aquaculture world descended on the Scottish capital last week as the European Aquaculture Society celebrated its 40th birthday.

The EICC in Edinburgh, Scotland
The many thousands of visitors, all with a vested interest in the aquaculture industryFrom 20th - 23rd September at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC), Scotland. 
“Food for thought” means something to think about, something to be seriously considered and something that provides mental stimulation and nourishment.

In recent years, aquaculture in Europe has plateaued; resulting in overall output remaining more or less constant in volume since 2000. So with this in mind, it's is now more important than ever for the industry to get together and share one of the most crucial collective tool that they have at their disposal - their collective pool of knowledge. 

And share they did. Set in some of the EICC's purpose built conference rooms, hundreds of academics and industry professionals orchestrated a very elaborate network of conferences that covered almost every aspect of aquaculture; whilst down in the main conference room an impressive assortment of companies and organisations plied their trade.

David Calitri of Calitri Technology talks tech
with a potential customer.
Aquaculture Europe 2016, was organised by the European Aquaculture Society with the cooperation and support of Marine Scotland, part of the Scottish Government, and The Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland.
Brought to the Aquaculture world with the very able assistance of 'Gold Sponsor" Biomar, Aquaculture Europe 2016 presented the latest science to support further development; with industry panels also discussing key opportunities and  areas where further sustainable growth in aquaculture should be encouraged. The morning plenary sessions also addressed the many different aspects of the event's theme in a novel and interesting way.

Aquaculture Europe 2017 will be held in the Croatian capital Zagreb next year where the theme will be 'Cooperation for Growth' - see you there!

Read more HERE

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27/09/2016: New South Australian Pacific Oyster hatcheries to ease spat shortage

A new million dollar oyster hatchery for South Australia is tipped to help ease the national shortfall in oyster spat in the aftermath of POMS.

According to a recent article published on written by Sally Dakis, biosecurity controls imposed after the discovery of Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome in Tasmania earlier this year have effectively shut off the major spat suppliers for the national industry.

Cameron of Tasmania at Dunalley on the Tasman Peninsula has announced a joint venture with Australia's largest abalone spat producer SAM Abalone to establish a pacific oyster hatchery at Port Lincoln, South Australia.
Oysters: Jeremy Keith

Managing Director of Cameron of Tasmania, Ben Cameron said when operating the hatchery could produce 100 per cent of South Australia's spat requirements.

He said the investment would be in the order of 'millions' and had been a part of the company strategy for a number of years.

"When we first really thought that the POMS virus was a realistic threat in Australia, the Board at Cameron's did a thorough analysis of our company and where our markets are," Ben Cameron said.

"We made a commitment at least six years ago that if POMS came to Tasmania before it came to South Australia that we would set up a hatchery over there," he said.

Mr Cameron said Tasmania would be able to keep jobs, by utilising the Tasmanian expertise and working from time to time interstate, "The financial consequences of POMS has been devastating for a lot of people in Tasmania”.

Read more HERE.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

27/09/2016: EuroTier 2016, impulse generator for the animal production industry

by Dr Reinhard Grandke, Director General of the DLG (German Agriculture Society), Frankfurt, am Main.

The world’s leading trade fair for animal production, EuroTier, will present future solutions for agriculture from 15 to 18 November at the Exhibition Centre Hanover. 

This will give rise to 251 innovations which have been registered with the event organiser DLG (German Agriculture Society) by the exhibitors. Innovations will be shown that sustainably increase and secure business success. 
Dr Reinhard Grandke

On the other hand, the solutions contribute to the further improvement of animal welfare and environmentally-friendly production conditions, as well as the working conditions. Additionally, international expertise from industry, farming, science and consultation is present at EuroTier
With its unique information offer, EuroTier provides orientation for managing the current and future tasks in agricultural livestock husbandry. It is the international future forum for modern animal production and the most important impulse generator for the individual farmer as much as for the entire industry. 

2,523 exhibitors from 57 countries will provide a complete offer for all areas of modern animal production. With this, EuroTier reports a new record number of registrations. The registration numbers have increased by approximately 4 percent when compared with the previous record result of four years ago. 

The exhibition area has also reached a new record size with more than 280,000 m2. Therefore, the professional animal keepers from all over the world are offered even more information than ever before. 

Outstanding contribution from abroad 
Companies from abroad are solely responsible for the increase in exhibitor numbers. With 1,453 companies (58 percent), foreign firms are represented more strongly than never before. The majority of the exhibitors from abroad come from the Netherlands (231 companies). 

Large contributions are also made by China (179), France (148), Italy (133), Denmark (86), Spain (78), Great Britain (69), Turkey (62), Belgium (55), Austria (54) and Poland (47).

 DLG sees this high foreign contribution as a clear sign of the continuing global alignment of the enterprises and the agricultural economics with their international interrelations. The firms want to make targeted use of the EuroTier platform to open up new markets. 

High information requirement of animal producers 
The amount of information required by animal producers is still high. Farm and herd managers require the most modern and professional concepts to make their farms fit for the future. 

This applies to all questions in the areas breeding, feeding, husbandry, management, logistics and especially in the areas animal health and animal welfare. Solutions required for a yield increase along the entire value added chain, from production to the end product. At EuroTier, the latest findings and approaches are discussed in many professional lectures and discussion rounds on all the exhibition days. 

As the Bundesverband Praktizierender Tierärzte (bpt, Federal Association of Practising Veterinary Surgeons) will be holding its annual congress again at the same time as the EuroTier on the trade fair area in Hanover, there will be an intensive exchange of opinions between veterinarians and farmers from all over the world on questions of animal health. 

Challenge nutrition 
The challenge to feed ten billion people in the future - with food in sufficient amounts and quality - has not changed, neither has the increasing demand for agricultural products for energy and material supplies. 

That the global demands for agricultural products, for food, fuel, and fibre will double in the coming decades is well-known and remains the challenge for the agricultural industry. This challenge can only be answered by a modern agriculture. 

This will need to apply technological innovations and methods and with them efficiently utilise the scarcest factors of all, the fertile arable land and grassland areas, while at the same time minimising the load on the environment. 

Spirits in European farming still dampened 
German farmers still view the current economic situation cautiously. This is shown by the preliminary results of the current DLG trend monitor from autumn 2016. 

Even though the prices for slaughter pigs have clearly increased, pig keepers are emerging from a one-year-long phase of low prices. Dairy farmers are still in a difficult price situation, where securing liquidity is in the foreground. 

Cash crop producers must be prepared for a phase of low prices, as the globally large grain harvest, especially in the Black Sea region, is leading to price pressure. Against this background, German, French and Polish farmers still view the current economic situation cautiously. 

However, British farmers are happier with the economic situation than they were even in spring 2016. 

British farmers more confident again 
As the DLG trend monitor further points out, the German and Polish farmers continue to have cautious expectations for the business development in the next twelve months. 

The business prospects of farmers in France have also deteriorated considerably. The by far below average harvest there, is causing incomes to drop, especially those from grain exports. Furthermore, the situation of the dairy and pig farmers continues to be tense. 

In Great Britain, the farmers are clearly more confident about future business development. The Brexit decision is coupled to hopes for farming with fewer stipulations, even if it is unclear, how well a renationalised agricultural policy will be financed. 

Regressive willingness to invest in Germany, France, and Poland 

Farmers in Germany, France, and Poland are planning to invest less in the coming twelve months. A different picture in Great Britain: The willingness to invest increased by 8 percent to the current 32 percent. 

In Germany, compared with the spring survey, the pig farmers reduced investments (minus seven per cent) as did cash crop farmers (minus seven per cent) and the dairy farmers (minus three per cent). While dairy farmers in Britain are willing to invest more (plus ten per cent), the dairy farmers in France are further reducing their investments (minus seven per cent). 

The willingness to invest of the Polish dairy farmers is about stable when compared to the spring survey. All in all, the willingness of dairy farmers to invest remains below average in comparison with the last few years, as the current market situation does not allow much space for investment. 

Even though it seems that milk payouts have bottomed out, dairy farmers still have to be prepared for further months with low price levels until cost neutral prices are reached. 

The willingness to invest also differs among the pig farmers: While the willingness to invest has risen by plus 19 per cent to now 40 per cent in Great Britain, the pig farmers have reduced their investment plans now by two per cent to now 37 per cent. 

German pig farmers reduced investments by minus three per cent to 38 per cent and only 15 per cent of the French pig farmers (minus ten per cent) are willing to invest. Following the low in prices in 2015/2016, the pig prices have now risen considerably. 

However, at the moment, securing liquidity and building up liquidity reserves is the focus of the farm managers. 

Furthermore, there is huge insecurity regarding the current controversial discussion about further development of the standards for animal welfare and the still not concluded discussion about the fertiliser ordinance. 

Farmers in Britain are hoping for better conditions on the national markets through Brexit. 

Cash crop producers reduce their investments 

In all the countries, the cash crop producers reduced their investments. As demonstrated by the DLG trend monitor, the willingness to invest drops in Germany by seven per cent to 30 per cent, in Great Britain by three per cent to 28 per cent, in France by six per cent to eight per cent and in Poland by three per cent to 36 per cent. 

Following the comfortable price levels for grains and oil seeds in the last years, the prices for wheat have dropped for the first time since 2011, to constantly below the price mark of 180 €/t. 

Although the price level is low in general, the cash crop producers hope to receive price premiums for quality cereals, as quality cereals overall are scarce. In the present price situation, the cash crop producers are also preparing themselves to secure the farm liquidity. 

Furthermore, the cash crop producers have in parts made extensive investments and renewed the machine park, so that the requirement for investments is currently assessed as being low. 

The social environment plays an increasingly important role 

Besides the market framework conditions, which orient themselves on supply and demand, the social environment of animal production is beginning to play an increasingly important role in the development and implementation of operational strategies of the animal producers. 

According to current figures from the DLG trend monitor Europe autumn 2016, the farm managers particularly in Germany are concentrating on improving the level of animal welfare of the animal holding systems. 

Furthermore, innovations in technology for requirement-oriented slurry application and procedures for determining the nutrient contents of slurry are of particular importance for them. 

The aim is to apply nutrients from farm-own fertilisers more efficiently and with fewer losses and at the same time improve the economic efficiency of the use of farm’s own fertilisers as well as the environmental effects. 

Energy Decentral 2016 
Approximately 330 specialist exhibitors will take part in the EnergyDecentral 2016, the international specialist trade fair for innovative energy supply. 

This is a slight drop compared with 2014. The number of agricultural biogas plants is only growing very slightly under the current political framework conditions. 

However, in Germany alone, there is an enormous number of producing plants, which will contribute its constant share to regenerative energy production in the years to come. 

Optimisation, repowering and operation of the plants are clearly in the foreground. Besides this, internationally the interest in biogas is unbroken. 

World-wide, there is also a high potential for this area in the waste management area and many innovative developments advanced in the use of alternative substrates. Examples of this are straw, bagasse or residues from the food industry. 

Many visitors expected 
EuroTier is the world’s leading trade fair for animal production. With its excellent and compact unique information offer, it will provide orientation for animal producers from all over the globe. The DLG expects a similar visitor volume to that of 2014, where around 156,000 experts visited EuroTier.

Read more HERE.

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

26/09/2016: Ohio State aquaculture research centre seeks recruits for aquaculture bootcamp

The Ohio Centre for Aquaculture Research and Development at Ohio State University is looking for 30 new fish farmers to take part in a yearlong program to learn the ins and outs of aquaculture and aquaponics.

Aquaculture Boot Camp, launched in 2013, offers free hands-on classes for those selected to participate in the program, which includes homework in addition to monthly eight-hour courses.

Image: Luna Sin Estrellas

Students spend some time in the classroom exploring the business side of aquaculture, and the rest of the time in hands-on examinations of the equipment and procedures to farm fish successfully.

There are about 200 fish farmers statewide raising aquatic animals in ponds and indoor tank systems for food, sport, bait and ornamental use.

Applications are due November 4th, to apply click HERE  

Read more HERE

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