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CHILE - Benchmark and AquaChile join forces to create salmon breeding operation

Dec 31, 2019 — Benchmark and AquaChile have signed an agreement to form a breeding and genetics joint venture. Benchmark Genetics Chile, will produce eggs in the Chaicas high-quality biosecure land-based facilities in Chile, with back-up from Benchmark Genetic’s land-based breeding operations in Iceland and genetic technology from Benchmark’s Akvaforsk Genetics in Norway.

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SCOTLAND - New salmon hatchery for Marine Harvest

Dec 31, 2019 — Marine Harvest opened a new hatchery which will grow up to 12 million fish a year and help meet the global demand for Scottish farmed salmon. The new £26.5 million hatchery at Inchmore in Glenmoriston replaces a much smaller hatchery which had been on the site more than 38 years, expanding the workforce from 5 to 18.

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INVE launches Natura diet range for early-stage marine fish larvae

Dec 31, 2019 — INVE Aquaculture has launched ‘Natura’, a new diet range for early-stage marine fish larvae. The new formulation has been developed to simplify the weaning process and provides key nutritional components for the initial stages of larval development. “Feed digestibility is of great importance, especially at the initial stages of larval development when the digestive tract is under development. Larvae fed with Natura show superior acceptance of formulated feed.” 

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PHILIPPINES - Mud crab survival improves

Dec 31, 2019 — By replacing rotifers and artemia in the diet with formulated feed or minced fish or mussel, the survival rate of mud crab from zoea to megalopae has significantly improved

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SCOTLAND - Scientists make major breakthrough in omega-3 production

Dec 31, 2019 — Study shows that a large variety of invertebrate animals, including corals, rotifers, molluscs, polychaetes and crustaceans, possess enzymes called ‘desaturases’ of a type that enable them to produce omega-3, an ability thought to exist almost exclusively in marine microbes.

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DENMARK - BioMar increases fry and RAS capacity at mill

Dec 31, 2019 — BioMar Group is increasing capacity at its feedmill in Denmark. The new line will be highly specialized and dedicated to fry and RAS feed production, enabling the factory to increase flexibility, quality and production performance.

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USA - Breeding for faster-growing bluegills and yellow perch

Dec 31, 2019 — Hanping Wang, who manages The Ohio State University’s Ohio Center for Aquaculture Research and Development, has succeeded in raising faster-growing fish by artificially mating them in a not so typical way. Inside cool water-filled tanks in southern Ohio, the laws of nature are being defied: female yellow perch mate with other female yellow perch; male bluegills with other male bluegills. On average, the resulting offspring reach market size six months faster than bluegills or yellow perch bred out of standard male-female mating. That’s because among yellow perch, females grow quicker than males; among bluegills, males faster than females.

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NEW ZEALAND - Poacher pays high price for trout from hatchery

Dec 31, 2019 — Trout poached from Fish & Game’s Ngongotaha hatchery were anything but a free feed for a Rotorua teenager who has paid dearly for his catch. Nineteen year-old Duncan Scowen pleaded guilty in the Rotorua District Court to charges of fishing in hatchery ponds without a licence and being on the grounds unlawfully.He was fined a total of NZ$700, as well as prosecution and court costs.

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USA - Strong salmon returns see drop in hatchery fish harvested

Oct 9, 2019 — In 2017, the commercial fleet caught about 47 million hatchery-produced salmon in Alaska. This harvest was worth an estimated $331 million in first wholesale value and $162 million in ex vessel value.Hatcheries contributed 21% of the 2017 statewide commercial salmon harvest, which is the lowest percentage of hatchery-produced fish in the harvest since 1995. The lower hatchery contribution was due to the strong wild stock return in 2017, which was the third highest wild stock commercial salmon harvest in Alaska history.

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INDIA - Oceanaa Biotek, Inteqc sign MOU to form feed JV in India

Oct 9, 2019 — India's farm-to-table shrimp supplier and Thailand's Inteqc feed company to build feed plant.

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PRODUCT NEWS - BernAqua launches first organic shrimp larval feed

Oct 9, 2019 — BernAqua is the first company to launch an organic feed for the first larval stages of shrimp. Royal Caviar Nature is a micro-encapsualated feed, available in five sizes, to meet the requirements of larvae from Zoea through PL15.

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USA - Aqquua is canning the iconic mahi-mahi

Oct 9, 2019 — Recognizing the challenges to develop full cycle commercial aquaculture of mahi-mahi from egg to market size comma Aqquua LLC, an emerging aquaculture company, recently collaborated with the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science Aquaculture Program to implement novel approaches to bring a new form of the iconic mahi-mahi to the American table

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AUSTRALIA - Premium oyster region moves to keep POMS at bay

Oct 9, 2019 — An Australian oyster fishery crippled by a shortage of stock is investing in a series of hatcheries to take control of its future and become a global leader in spat production. 

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CANADA - Salmon hatcheries hit by ISA

Oct 9, 2019 — Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture said in a statement March 1 that two ‘land-based aquaculture facilities’ in the province had been hit with virulent outbreaks of infectious salmon anemia (ISA), resulting in the destruction of 600,000 salmon smolts

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Dr. Thomas Zeigler honored with Lifetime Achievement Award from US Aquaculture Society

Oct 9, 2019 — One of the most familiar faces of US aquaculture for many decades, Dr. Thomas Zeigler was presented with the US Aquaculture Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the opening ceremony of Aquaculture America 2018 in Las Vegas.

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PRODUCT NEWS - Skretting launches Vitalis PRIMA marine broodstock diet

Oct 9, 2019 — With Vitalis PRIMA, Skretting has developed a new diet aimed at establishing higher levels of performance, biosecurity, sustainability and compatibility among marine broodstock and their young fry.

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PRODUCT NEWS - Give your fish a head start

Jan 2, 2020 — Alltech and Coppens International are working closely together to bring a new generation of fish feed to the marketplace. Coppens’ Essence, designed with Alltech’s Total Replacement Technology™ and gut health technologies containing Bioplex® and Bio-Mos®, reflects this approach.

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World Feeds launches Rift Lake Green Cichlid Flakes, which match and more its successful pellets

Oct 9, 2019 — Building on the success of its Vitalis Rift Lake Green Cichlid Pellets, World Feeds, the award-winning aquatic nutrition specialist, has now launched a Vitalis Flake for the same species.

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FAO to publish State of the World's Aquatic Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

Dec 31, 2019 — Charting a course ahead for the conservation and sustainable farming of freshwater and marine species is a chief focus of the first State of the World’s Aquatic Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, a Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report that will contain subsections from 89 contributing countries, including the United States.

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PRODUCT NEWS - An all-in-one rotifer and artemia enrichment

Oct 9, 2019 — INVE Aquaculture - Benchmark’s Advanced Nutrition - has expanded its enrichment portfolio with new product, Easy Dry Selco® (EDS). EDS is a dry enrichment with a formulation that boosts rotifers and Artemia with balanced levels of fats, proteins, vitamins, key minerals, immuno-stimulants, essential amino acids and flavonoids, turning live-feed into a very functional enrichment.

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