BioMar inaugurates new hatchery R&D facility

The facility can simulate conditions that farmers experience in different hatcheries around the world and do trials with both marine and freshwater larvae.

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Henrik Aarestrup, Simon Wadsworth, Joana Amaral and Carlos Diaz at the new facility. Credits: BioMar
February 8, 2024

BioMar’s Aquaculture Technology Centre at Hirtshals Denmark opened a new wing dedicated to research and development in the hatchery segment. The LARVIVA Hatchery Hub trial facility was officially opened by BioMar’s CEO Carlos Diaz.

“We have a solid and fast-growing share in the hatchery segment, but we still see untapped potential as the segment continues to evolve,” noted Carlos Diaz at the opening.

In recent years the hatchery sector has seen consolidation with larger units and standardization of protocols, as well as the introduction of new species with unique feeding behavior.

“This facility is a dream come true for our Global Hatchery Team. Our goal is to ease production, reduce costs, and provide stronger larvae,” said global hatchery product manager, Joana Amaral. “We have successfully reduced the need for rotifers and Artemia with early co-feeding and this new LARVIVA Hatchery Hub will enable us to continue to develop both diets and feeding protocols.”

High-performance hatchery feeds are essential for creating strong and healthy fish and shrimp early in life as this leads to better survival rates and a more robust animal.

“The new facility is very advanced and versatile. It enables us to do trials with a very high degree of control over all production parameters. We can simulate conditions that our customers experience in different hatcheries around the world and do trials with both marine and freshwater larvae,” explained Simon Wadsworth, global R&D director of BioMar Group.

BioMar’s LARVIVA hatchery feeds were first introduced in 2008 and are sold worldwide to both fish and shrimp species.