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Hendrix Genetics launches new products for Chilean salmon industry

Oct 9, 2019 — Hendrix Genetics has improved their selections for Atlantic salmon in the different Chilean regions using specific requirements which lets them launch two new products, EXPLORER and CHALLENGER.

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Icelandic project to produce sexless farmed salmon

Dec 31, 2019 — The Marine and Freshwater Research Institute in Iceland is attempting to breed sexless farmed salmon. The objective is to prevent farmed salmon from becoming sexually mature and being able to spawn with the naturally occurring local salmon population.

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UK researchers launch AquaLeap project

Oct 9, 2019 — AquaLeap is a research collaboration between academic and industry scientists that aims to boost selective breeding of stocks of vital UK aquaculture species. The project will identify DNA markers that are linked to economically important traits, such as disease resistance or growth rate.

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First salmon ova to Atlantic Sapphire delivered from Iceland

Dec 31, 2019 — Stofnfiskur hf, part of Benchmark Genetics has delivered the first batch of eggs ever to the state-of-the-art land-based facility Atlantic Sapphire in Miami, USA

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Benchmark successfully prosecutes patent infringement in Thailand

Dec 31, 2019 — Benchmark Holdings has successfully prosecuted patent infringement in Thailand. The IP&IT court in Thailand ruled that Marine-Tech International (MTI) infringed two of Benchmark's patents related to artemia and hatching enrichment, and the company must cease using the patented technology. The court also awarded damages to Benchmark, which may be subject to appeal.

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AquaMaof to build a 2,500ton Atlantic Salmon RAS facility in Russia

Dec 31, 2019 — In an estimated 25 Million Euros project, financed by local investors, the facility is expected to be ready for first batch of eggs towards the 4th quarter of 2019.

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Skretting prepares to launch new RAS concept RecircReady

Dec 31, 2019 — Skretting is preparing to launch its new and improved integrated concept for recirculating aquaculture systems: RecircReady. The concept takes into account growth and waste prediction models, nutrient recycling, fish and system health monitoring in addition to tailored feed solutions and their impact on the systems themselves.

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Sea Lice and SRS research shortlisted for the Newton Prize

Dec 31, 2019 — As part of a collaboration between the Roslin Institute, University of Chile and Benchmark Genetics Chile, scientists are using genetic markers to discover the location and purpose of genes that make fish resistant or susceptible to two major diseases in salmon aquaculture.

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XpertSea launches AI-powered Growth Platform for aquaculture

Dec 31, 2019 — XpertSea, a Canadian aquaculture technology company, has announced the launch of the XpertSea Growth Platform. The XpertSea Growth Platform tracks growth from Day One in the hatchery through nursery, grow-out and harvesting. Taking no more than a few minutes per day, the XperCount feeds automated organism data such as size and weight to the AI platform, which results in precise data about daily growth rate, feed conversion ratio, stocking density and survival rate, among others. ”The XpertSea Growth Platform is a new concept in aquaculture that has the potential to unlock significant yields for farmers. It replaces manual data entry with smart aquaculture equipment, artificial intelligence, and industry benchmarks." 

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The genome of the lumpfish has been mapped

Dec 31, 2019 — The entire DNA sequence encoding the genes (genome) of the lumpfish has now been mapped. This allows us to study all the genes that contribute to traits such as growth, disease resistance and sea lice appetite with much greater precision than before.

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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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