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Oyster breeding project to boost Eastern Canada industry

Oct 9, 2019 — L’Étang Ruisseau Bar Ltée (ERB) is teaming up with Université Laval, Genome Atlantic and Génome Québec on a $3.8 million project using genomics to produce the first selectively bred Canadian strain of Eastern oyster.

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Benchmark’s Streptococcus-resistant tilapia fry available soon

Oct 9, 2019 — Benchmark discovered a significant quantitative trait locus (“QTL”) for Streptococcus iniae resistance in tilapia. The QTL identified will be used to select broodstock with high levels of Streptococcus iniae resistance for the production of commercial fry. 

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Huon Aquaculture transfers the biggest hatchery-grown salmon in the South

Oct 9, 2019 — The salmon were in excess of 1kg, matching the size of a small proportion of salmon grown on-land by the world’s leading salmon companies based in Norway and the Faroe Islands. 

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Benchmark’s CFO steps down

Oct 9, 2019 — Mark Plampin will step down from his role of Chief Financial Officer.

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New era and new leader for INVE AQUACULTURE

Oct 9, 2019 — Philippe Léger will hand over his role as Managing Director of Benchmark’s Advanced Nutrition and CEO of INVE Aquaculture to Athene Blakeman.  The company recently celebrated 35 years of service to global aquaculture. 

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Benchmark’s distribution agreement with Acceso El Salvador

Dec 31, 2019 — The agreement will enable Acceso El Salvador to supply Salvadoran tilapia farmers with high quality tilapia fingerlings, featuring the latest and improved genetics from the Beenchmark’s tilapia breeding program. 

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Hendrix Genetics partners to apply Genetirate’s technology to improve trout feed conversion rate

Dec 31, 2019 — A study has been initiated with Hendrix Genetics and GenetiRate, a US based start-up, to apply a new technology that has the potential to measure the feed conversion rate of rainbow trout.

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INVE AQUACULTURE develops new technological innovations for Artemia

Oct 9, 2019 — The new innovations, that will be added to the SEP-Art concept, will allow Artemia cysts to hatch in the dark and to suppress Vibrio growth.

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AlgaEnergy points at Asian market

Dec 31, 2019 — AlgaEnergy has signed a partnership with Krishi Rasayan to introduce its products in the agriculture and aquaculture markets in India and other key countries.

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Mexico opens first shrimp genetic research center

Oct 9, 2019 — CONAPESCA has inaugurated Genamex, which will produce certified shrimp broodstocks of high health and high genetic variety and will supply larvae production laboratories at a national level to improve the performance of crustacean production. 

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Benchmark considering the acquisition of JV salmon breeding operation

Dec 31, 2019 — Benchmark announced an update on its joint venture with AquaChile, its Chilean breeding and genetics partner.

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Benchmark opens land-based salmon egg production facility

Oct 9, 2019 — After just over 12 months of construction, Benchmark’s new facility, SalmoBreed Salten, has officially opened. The company said that the site is the most advanced land-based facility for the production of salmon eggs in the world.

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New strategy to increase essential fatty acids and polar lipids in Artemia

Oct 9, 2019 — A new study proposes an innovative enrichment strategy to produce Artemia nauplii rich in essential fatty acids and/or polar lipids, similarly to that of the wild copepods' lipid profile.  

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Oman plans one of the world’s largest microalgae plant

Oct 9, 2019 — Feed Algae, a UK-based company, plans to build one of the world’s largest algae farms in Oman that will have the capacity to produce 100,000 tons of algae each year. 

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Can Nile tilapia larval growth be manipulated with light?

Dec 31, 2019 — A study found that it is possible to maximize the larval growth rates via manipulation of artificial light regimes.

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Norwegian researchers develop a method for selecting high feed efficient salmon

Oct 9, 2019 — Foods of Norway has developed a new method for selecting salmon with higher feed efficiency with the potential to considerably reduce production costs and the environmental footprint of the aquaculture industry.

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Cooke Aquaculture expanding salmon rearing facilities in Canada

Dec 31, 2019 — Cooke Aquaculture, supported by the Government of Canada, is expanding its facilities and advancing its existing salmon breeding program. The investments will enable the company to expand its Oak Bay hatchery where it will develop and implement advanced genomics technology, building on its salmon breeding expertise.

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Singapore is breeding a supertilapia

Oct 9, 2019 — The Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory in Singapore has been working on a tilapia breeding program since 2011. The team wants to breed a “premium tilapia” that is tougher, grows faster, is disease resistant and rich on omega-3. 

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Mowi purchases lumpfish hatchery

Dec 31, 2019 — Mowi has acquired Ocean Matters’ aquaculture facility, a hatchery that currently produces lumpfish, one of the two species that have proven to be an effective cleanerfish.

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Scaling up micro-encapsulated feed

Dec 31, 2019 — Molofeed, a company that has developed a micro-encapsulation technology that provides a slow release of feed to early stage fish and shrimp, was recently supported by Aqua-Spark. The company expects to finish shrimp trials this summer 2019 and produce 50 tons of feed.

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