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Friday, June 23, 2017

23/06/2017: Visit International Aquafeed magazine at WAS Cape Town 2017



International Aquafeed magazine will be attending World Aquaculture 2017 - the first international conference and exposition of the World Aquaculture Society (WAS) to be held on the African continent at the Cape Town International Convention Centre June 26-30, 2017. We will be at booth number 44 eagerly waiting to meet old and new readers, writers and advertisers of our magazine with both Spanish and Chinese language editions available on request. Our current English language version will be distributed in exhibition bags for all delegates.

The conference theme, “Sustainable Aquaculture – New Frontiers for Economic Growth – Spotlight on Africa” highlights the potential of aquaculture production to support economic development and investment opportunities in Africa - the world’s second fastest growing regional economy.
 In addition to this, ‘Aquaculture without Frontiers CIO UK’ is supporting a one-day extrusion seminar hosted by Wenger Manufacturing of Sabetha, Kansas in the USA and International Aquafeed magazine and which will be held during the up-coming World Aquaculture 2017 Conference in Cape Town, South Africa.

The venue is the Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town, South Africa from 12:00-18:00 on Monday June 26, 2017.

Five of the trustees for Aquaculture Without Frontiers UK will be at their own stand and ready to meet fellow delegates, including the patron and CIO Mr Michael New. “The Wenger company and IAF are making their contributions in organising and running this event free-of charge to attendees, however a donation towards AwF CIO’s work in Africa, which is aimed at assisting small fish farmers adopt more modern practices that support fish heath and productivity while reducing environmental impact would be much appreciated,” says Roger Gilbert, publisher of International Aquafeed magazine.

If you’re interested in attending the conference, please register on the International Aquafeed website at: http://bit.ly/aesafrica

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

23/06/2017: Aquaculture in Sub-Saharan Africa

by Professor Abdel-Fattah M. El-Sayed, Oceanography Department, Faculty of Science, Alexandria University, Egypt

Aquafeed production has almost doubled in five years but new legislation, VAT reduction and training services are needed

Aquaculture in Africa has been marginalised, with limited contribution to national economies and to global aquaculture output as well. In 2015, total African aquaculture production mounted to 1,969,261 tonnes, representing only 1.9 percent of global aquaculture production. 


 

Egypt is by far the most important producer, with a contribution of 60 percent to total African production. Egypt, Nigeria, Zanzibar and Uganda produced 90 percent, while the remaining 60 African countries contributed 10 percent to total aquaculture production in 2015.

Tilapia carps and African catfish are the major cultured species in Africa. Aquaculture in Africa is hampered by many limitations and difficulties, including unavailability of raw materials and quality feeds, limited quality seed supply, lack of culture inputs, lack of technical and management skills, lack of funds and lack of legal and regulatory frameworks.

Despite this grim picture, encouraging signs of significant take-up of the aquaculture sector in Africa have emerged in recent years, particularly in the Sub-Saharan (SSA) region. The aquaculture production of SSA has almost doubled over the past five years.

The WAS’17 meeting in South Africa, for the first time in Africa, is probably a recognition of this reality. This would also pinpoint that the potential of aquaculture in Africa is great. Despite this, feed represents over 60 percent of the total production cost of fish farms and the aquafeed industry remains one of the least developed subsectors of aquaculture in Africa, especially in SSA region.

The vast majority of fish farms in Africa rely on farm-made feeds, fed in moist or sun-dried form. This is mainly because small-scale commercial farmers cannot afford manufactured pelleted feeds. Farm-made feed formulations range from single feed ingredients such as wheat bran, rice bran or ground corn, to formulated mixes, moist feed cakes and processed, dry pellets.

Estimates suggest that over 100,000 tonnes of farm-made aqua feeds are currently produced annually in SSA alone. Farm-made feed production varies by country and season, depending on availability and price of ingredients and the culture system adopted.

Farm-made feeds in Africa are generally of poor quality, high content of fines, high price and inconsistent production rate. They lead to considerable reduction in storage time and the acceleration of spoilage and overall low fish performance.


Read the full article, HERE.

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Evonik company profile




Evonik is one of the world's leading specialty chemicals companies. Profitable growth and a sustained increase in the value of the company form the heart of our strategy, which is supported by our owners, RAG-Stiftung (74.99 percent) and funds managed by CVC Capital Partners (25.01 percent).

Their specialty chemicals activities focus on high-growth megatrends—especially health, nutrition, resource efficiency, and globalization—and our goal is to enter attractive future-oriented markets.

In 2011 Evonik’s roughly 33,000 employees generated sales of €14.5 billion and an operating result (EBITDA) of €2.8 billion. More than 70 percent of sales are generated outside Germany, providing convincing evidence that our business is global.

Visit the website HERE.

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23/06/2017: Scottish mussel hatchery project receives international boost

An innovative project to get Scottish mussels to spawn in a hatchery environment has received an international boost with a visit from Tasmanian partners Spring Bay Seafoods – operators of one of the world’s few commercial-scale mussel hatcheries

The partners first met during a four-day fact-finding mission to Spring Bay Seafoods in February 2015; the insights from which helped inform the £1.7m 30-month project by the Scottish Shellfish Marketing Group (SSMG) and University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI), with co-funding from the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC), Highlands and Islands Enterprise, and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund.

Bryce Daly (left) with project board member Lindsay Angus (right)
Image credit: Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre
Now, with the first year of project operations well underway, the team have hosted Spring Bay Seafoods’ Hatchery Manager Bryce Daly for a three-week visit to the NAFC Marine Centre UHI in Scalloway, Shetland.

There, he has been observing the systems in place, sharing his husbandry expertise and helping the team hone the skills necessary to rear mussels in a hatchery environment.


Michael Tait, Chairman of SSMG and Shetland-based mussel farmer, says, “The visit has come at a hugely opportune time for the project. We have had lots of spawning but increasing post-spawn survival rates has been a core focus. Bryce, with his many years of experience in hatchery production, has helped identify several small adjustments that should significantly improve survivability.”

These adjustments are already being implemented and closely monitored on a new batch of mussels, and the project partners are optimistic that they will have the first numbers of hatchery-reared spat going out to farm sea sites soon.

Bryce Daly added, “The team have all the systems in place. They have the knowledge and expertise necessary. Most of all, they have the desire and determination to make it work. I look forward to seeing them reap real results as we remain in close contact throughout the project lifetime.”

Currently, Scotland produces over 7,700 tonnes of farmed mussels – 74 percent of which are produced in Shetland – generating an estimated £11.7m for the economy.

If successful, the pilot hatchery project will lead to a commercial-scale hatchery, resulting in higher and more reliable yields of spat, additional jobs and wider distribution of sites – all of which combined will help towards the Scottish shellfish sector’s growth ambitions of 21,000 tonnes annually by 2030.

Read more HERE.

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magazine International Aquafeed which is published by
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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

22/06/2017: Aquaculture Singapore 2017 speakers announced

Hosted by Asian Aquaculture Network (AAN) in collaboration with Temasek Polytechnic Singapore AquaSG'17 is a true industry forum and platform with topical and regionally relevant conference and workshop session, tailored to facilitate networking, foster learning and provoke conversations that mater
  


This year's event will look to address: Knowledge management and education, training and skills development for aquaculture intensification and disease management.

Challenges faced by the current state of aquaculture and development of support industries. Economics, social and technical drivers for intensification, including policy examples and overview of current status of aquaculture in the Asia pacific region.

Below are the first confirmed speakers:



Dr Dustin R. Moss
Director - Oceanic Institute
Hawaii Pacific University





Dr Albert G. J. Tacon
Technical Director - Aquatic Farms Ltd.
Hawaii, USA






Tzachi M Samocha
Professor - AgriLife Research, Marine Solutions & Feed Technology, Spring,
Texas, USA





Yoram Avnimelech
Professor - Technion Institute of Technology,
Israel ​






Mr Lim Meng Huat

COO - Apollo Aquaculture Group Pte. Ltd.,
Singapore




John Bostock MSC
Aquaculture Programme Director
Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling, UK.




Dr Shaun M. Moss
Executive Director - Oceanic Institute,
Hawaii Pacific University. ​ ​​





Dr Farshad Shishehchian
President & CEO - Blue Aqua International Group,
Singapore.




Dr Niti Chuchird
Professor - Kasetsart University,
Bangkok, Thailand. ​




Dr Gilha Yoon
Assistant Professor, Department of Marine Science and Fisheries,
Sultan Qaboos University, Oman







Following the success of AquaSG’16, with plenary speakers from Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA), Oceanic Institute of Hawaii (OI), and Blue Aqua International Group - AquaSG’17 seeks to open up new markets and opportunities for Singapore’s agricultural sector by being an effective platform for thought leaders in the industry, farmers, academics, technology players and investors to foster learning, innovation and exchange ideas that will transform the future of our farming sector.

Alongside the conference program, exhibition opportunities are also made available for companies to present their innovations - nutrition products, farm management technology, diagnostics and therapeutics, to encourage sustainable practices within the industry.

Tickets can be purchased, HERE. Note that early bird sales end 31st July, 2017.

For more information visit, the website HERE.




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22/06/2017: Where will the UK stand on the international aquacultural chessboard after Brexit?

by Zasha Whiteway-Wilkinson, International Aquafeed

Nowadays, it seems that politics is forever at the tip of everyone’s tongue, whether it be the recent French presidential race, which saw Emmanuel Macron defeat far-right runner-up Marine Le Pen, although only after a second vote; or the on-going controversy surrounding Donald Trump’s presidency of the United States; or Britain’s narrowly decided vote to leave the European Union in June last year and Prime Minister Theresa May’s unexpected call for a general election only a few weeks’ ago
 
 

Image credit: Nick Page on Flickr
Whilst we wait for Great Britain’s representatives to lock down with those in Brussels upon the exact terms of the Brexit deal, it is important to consider directly how it may affect the structure of Britsh politics including our aquaculture industry.

Dr Simon Doherty [BVMS CertAqV MRCVS MRQA CBiol FRSB] is the Animal Sciences & Aquaculture specialist for the HM Government’s Department for International Trade (DIT). In this article he describes his role in supporting trade and investment into the UK livestock industry and his interests in the global aquaculture sector.

His insight provides an interesting and vital perspective on the outlook and opportunities of the United Kingdoms aquaculture industries.

As Simon explains, “My job at DIT is to sell the UK as the great location it is for investment and to promote UK company excellence and capability in overseas markets. I work within the Agri-Tech Organisation in DIT which is made up of a core team of civil servants working alongside contracted industry specialists covering plant sciences, precision agriculture, animal sciences and aquaculture. The organisation provides a range of services to overseas companies considering an investment in the UK, as well as to UK-based companies considering an expansion into new markets abroad. Ultimately it’s about job and wealth creation for the UK economy. Attracting world-class companies with cutting edge technology not only creates jobs and wealth but it also adds great intellectual capital to the excellence that already exists in the UK. The economy needs a strong export performance and I’m also working with UK-based companies - many of them existing investors – to help their development and growth in overseas markets, matching their excellence and expertise to opportunities and needs around the world.”

Expanding, he explains that, “DIT has a global network with a presence in over 100 countries, and strong partnerships throughout the UK delivering our services. In-house capability services the needs of investors in areas like tax guidance, planning, talent, suitable locations and support through financial modelling tools provide independent comparisons on profitability between the UK and competitor countries. Making connections for companies who need access to other parts of Government, academia, business or professional bodies is an essential component of the job. In aquaculture, my portfolio covers everything from pharmaceuticals and vaccines to instruments and machinery for fish farms, so the requests for support from companies can be quite diverse. This often means facilitating connections for client companies with non-governmental organisations such as UK universities, research institutes and innovation centres – including the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre – helping to drive innovation and sustainability in the sector, both of which underpin trade and inward investment potential. Continued investment in appropriate novel technologies is precisely what will keep the UK aquaculture sector resilient and competitive in the global market.”


Read the full article, 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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