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AquaOptima and Vikan Settefisk to collaborate on RAS facility

Dec 31, 2019 — AquaOptima and Vikan Settefisk have signed an agreement to build a smolt and post-smolt facility on Frøya. The foundations are nearly complete, and the facility is scheduled for completion in late 2019.

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The Center for Aquaculture Technologies and AquaBounty sign agreement to produce sterile fish

Dec 31, 2019 —

The Center for Aquaculture Technologies has signed a licensing and research agreement with AquaBounty Technologies, Inc. to employ CAT’s patented sterility technology for use in products developed by AquaBounty. 

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trū® Shrimp hatchery on line, further development at Luverne approved

Dec 31, 2019 — The first broodstock shrimp have arrived from trū® Shrimp genetics partner, Oceanic Institute and they are mating, spawning, and offspring are growing in the created seawater. In its October meeting, trū® Shrimp’s Board of Directors approved the continued development of Luverne Bay Harbor Complex.

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SCP product counters EMS in PL shrimp

Dec 31, 2019 — The Center for Aquaculture Technologies in Canada (CATC) has demonstrated the potential benefit of ProTyton, a single-cell protein (SCP) from White Dog Labs, to shrimp farming. Initial studies demonstrated that inclusion of ProTyton into a CATC reference diet reduces mortality of whiteleg shrimp compared to a commercial diet when challenged by Vibrio parahaemolyticus (Vpa) – the aetiological agent of Acute Hepatopancreatic Necrosis Disease (AHPND), and commonly referred to as EMS.

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Pearl hatchery opens in Fiji

Dec 31, 2019 — A new pearl hatchery, complete with algae bioreactors to help spawn oysters to grow pearls was opened at the J. Hunter Pearls facility in Savusavu, Fiji. The new hatchery is capable of producing 10 times more new oysters than in the past. This substantial increase in capacity enables J. Hunter Pearls to dramatically expand the Fiji pearl industry, while providing an opportunity to research and develop new aquaculture products for export.

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INVE Aquaculture launches Sanocare® FIT for shrimp hatcheries

Dec 31, 2019 — INVE Aquaculture has launched its latest development: a plant-based water conditioner that protects shrimp larvae and post-larvae against stress and health threats. 

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AquaMaof RAS facility in Poland produces several large batches of salmon

Oct 9, 2019 — AquaMaof Aquaculture Technologies Ltd. has announced that it’s 600 metric ton per annum salmon hatchery, smolt and market-size Atlantic Salmon Recirculating Aquaculture System (RAS) R&D facility has successfully grown several large batches, now ranging from eggs to Smolts to 5Kg harvest-size fish. The “Global Fish” facility, located near Warsaw, Poland, commenced operations in 2016. "We see significant growth potential in the supply of recirculating aquaculture systems to Salmon production companies. The investment in Poland will serve two main purposes: first, we are operating this facility as an R&D center, collecting valuable information and analyzing it, for further innovation in the RAS area. Secondly, it serves as a training facility for our customers' staff.”

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Benchmark begins salmon egg production in Salten, Norway

Dec 31, 2019 — Benchmark has begun production of salmon eggs at its new land based breeding facility in Salten, Norway. Sales of fertilised eggs will commence in November 2018 and additional fish will be brought into the facility to ramp up volumes throughout 2019.

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All female shrimp genome sequenced, bringing mono-sex broodstock advantages closer

Oct 9, 2019 — Enzootic and NRGene assemble the first high-quality female shrimp genome to enhance all-female shrimp breeding

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SuperSmolt FeedOnly patent imminent for owner Europharma

Dec 31, 2019 — The European Patent Organization (EPO) has issued an “Intention to Grant” relating to the smoltification feed SuperSmolt FeedOnly.

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System developed for optimizing juvenile fish production

Dec 31, 2019 — A European project, ALFA, has developed a state-of-the-art automatic system to control the most important variable parameters in live feed production for fish hatcheries. The systems were geared to suit conditions for aquaculture in Greece and Norway.

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INVE launches new

Dec 31, 2019 — INVE Aquaculture has launched a new product catalog and online configurator tool for customers. The configurator allows users to easily find the exact nutrition, health or environment solutions they need.

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USA/FRANCE - ADM moves to buy Neovia, including Epicore and BernAqua

Dec 31, 2019 — In a move that would substantially increase ADM’s aquaculture footprint, Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) announced that it has agreed to terms granting exclusivity in discussions to purchase Neovia. The 100 percent cash deal has an approximate enterprise value of €1.535 billion, subject to customary adjustments.

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ASIA PACIFIC - Pilmico gains majority interest in Gold Coin for US$413 million

Dec 31, 2019 — AEV’s food subsidiary Pilmico International Pte Ltd announced its acquisition of a majority stake in one of Asia’s largest privately-owned agribusiness corporations, Gold Coin Management Holdings Limited, as it expands its feeds business in the Asia Pacific region.

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USA - trū Shrimp and Oceanic Institute to develop a nucleus shrimp breeding program in the US

Dec 31, 2019 — The trū® Shrimp Company has signed an agreement with Oceanic Institute of Hawai`i Pacific University to develop a nucleus shrimp breeding program in the US. The agreement confirms Oceanic Institute as the supplier of Pacific white shrimp breeding stock selected and developed exclusively for trū Shrimp.

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DENMARK - BioMar expands its R&D capabilities in the hatchery feed sector

Dec 31, 2019 — BioMar has increased its research capabilities in hatchery with an expansion of its Aquaculture Technology Centre, ATC Hirtshals facility in Denmark. BioMar has now opened a state-of-the-art marine fish larval trial unit that not only allows for larval rearing but also the production of live feed.

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THAILAND - INVE Aquaculture, 1st Asian company to be granted certificate for direct import into Ecuador

Dec 31, 2019 — INVE Thailand, part of Benchmark, has become the first company in Asia to be awarded a certificate to export its Artemia cysts, feed and health products into Ecuador. It will now be used as a reference in the region for other companies seeking similar certificates. The announcement came after three full days of audits by COTERI (Technical Commission for Import Risk, Ecuador) at the company’s factory in Thailand.

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INDIA - India to hike tariffs on U.S. Artemia imports

Dec 31, 2019 — Artemia included in retaliatory tariffs against U.S. duties on steel and aluminum imports.

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AUSTRALIA - First production milestone at new Albany Shellfish Hatchery

Dec 31, 2019 — ​At full production the Albany Shellfish Hatchery will produce about 600 million mussel spat and 80 million rock oyster spat annually.

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CHINA/SCOTLAND - Stirling and Ningbo universities team up for aquaculture research

Dec 31, 2019 — A new agreement between the Universities of Stirling and Ningbo, in China, will see aquaculture staff and students share knowledge and collaborate on research and teaching projects. Research will initially focus on breeding, genetic improvement, nutrition and health of commercially important aquaculture species in the Zhejiang province, including the swimming crab, large yellow croaker, pomfret and cuttlefish.

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