Hatcheryfeed magazine 2014

The 2014 issue of the Hatcheryfeed magazine will be published this summer.
If you have new products, news or feed study results you would like to include, please contact us urgently at editor@aquafeed.com.

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Updates and Changes

We have made quite a few updates and changes to Hatcheryfeed.com. In particular we have rationalized the RESOURCES landing page, to make finding information easier.

First of all, we have changed the way we handle news and updates. To start with, we have changed the scope of this blog: from now on, the blog will be used just for announcements about Hatcheryfeed – the website and publications. You will be able to find industry news from around the world on our Facebook page and LinkedIn group – where of course you are invited to join in the discussions.

Another of the changes you’ll find in RESOURCES, is that we have removed  “Collections” and sorted the content – plus added significantly more links –  into “Culture Collections” and “Databases, Libraries and Informational Collections“.  We think the titles speak for themselves and make a lot more sense.

If you have any suggestions for websites, papers or other links, please let us know – we want to continue creating a website that is of value to you.

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CANADA – UNBC Researcher Shares National Honor for Industry Collaboration to Improve Fish Farm Production

UNBC researcher shares national honour for industry collaboration to improve fish farm production

UNBC Ecosystem Science and Management Professor Mark Shrimpton in his lab at UNBC’s Prince George campus

A fish biologist at the University of Northern British Columbia has been honoured by the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) for his efforts to improve the viability of farmed salmon in BC, and collaboration with industry. UNBC Ecosystem Science and Management Professor Mark Shrimpton shares the 2013 Synergy Award for Innovation for his work with BC fish farm Yellow Island Aquaculture (YIAL) on Quadra Island, and researchers from four universities across Canada.
The 27-year collaboration resulted in improved rearing techniques and genetic breeding stock, enabling YIAL to become the first commercial salmon farm in Canada to convert to 100% organic production of Chinook salmon. License capacity at YIAL has increased from 135 to 750 tonnes per year, and revenues have increased five-fold. In nearly three decades of operation there has been no impact on local marine conditions or fish populations, and no fish have escaped.
“We were all equal partners in the research,” says Dr. Shrimpton. “This work will help us both to feed the population and to protect our wild salmon resources.”
Dr. Shrimpton says his research has three main focuses:
Understanding the role of genetics in fish performance. “We want to know how well these fish are growing. Are they staying healthy and disease resistant? Can they survive in both fresh and salt water? We want to learn how successful these fish are throughout rearing from egg to the market.”
Understanding the effect of sterilization on fish. “We are investigating ways to create fish with an extra set of chromosomes that are sterile, do not become sexually mature, and will not breed with wild fish if they escape.”
Understanding how sexual selection affects offspring performance. “Offspring of salmon from parents allowed to breed in spawning channels (sexual selection) and from parents spawned using current aquaculture practices (no sexual selection) were compared. There are economic benefits to allow fish to breed naturally as these fish grew faster with better disease resistance.”
YIAL’s revenues have also been boosted through the increased fish production, and decreased mortality in rearing stocks. Sales also increased with the development of the sterilization technology that prevents cross-breeding with wild salmon populations, and allows for a longer growing season.
“One of our goals at UNBC is to strengthen and foster the connections between research, industry, and communities. Research and innovation are instrumental to enhancing regional prosperity and wellbeing,” says UNBC Vice President of Research Ranjana Bird. “Dr. Shrimpton’s work is a perfect example of just such collaboration and I congratulate him on his success.”

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Hatchery Feed Guide & Year Book 2014 now available for (free) download

Hatchery Feed Guide & Year Book 2014Hatchery Feed Guide 2014

Following on from the highly successful launch of the Hatchery Feed Guide & Year Book last year, this year’s edition lists more products, making it an even more valuable tool for hatchery operators.

Table of Contents

  • Manufactured feeds:
    • Product listings
    • Species look up
  • Water conditioners, enrichments & additives:
    • Product listings
    • Species look up
  • R&D Services
  • Reed Mariculture Inc: hatchery feeds pioneers
  • New live food selco products from Inve Aquaculture
  • Spectrum: Skretting’s complete line of marine hatchery feeds
  • Salem Microbes
  • Zeigler Brothers
  • Glossary
  • The year in review
  • Reading Room
  • Events

Download your complimentary copy .

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Swimming behaviour of a 19-days old European eel larvae

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Draft Of BAP Hatchery Standards Available For Public Comment

A draft of the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) hatchery and nursery standards for finfish, crustaceans and mollusks is now available for public comment for 60 days.

To submit comments, use the electronic form at http://www.gaalliance.org/bap/comments.php, email BAP Standards Coordinator Daniel Lee at dangaelle@aol.com or send a fax to +44-1248-716729.

The deadline to submit comments is March 31, 2014.

The BAP hatchery standards for finfish, crustaceans and mollusks apply to all species for which BAP farm standards exist, including shrimp, salmon, tilapia, catfish, Pangasius and mussels.

They apply to all aquaculture facilities that produce eggs and/or juvenile aquatic animals for live transfer to other aquaculture facilities. Production facilities include ponds or tanks on land with directed inflows and outflows of water, trays located intertidally on the foreshore, or rafts or cages (net pens) floating in a body of water. They do not apply to facilities that produce only aquatic animals for harvest and slaughter for human consumption.

Currently, BAP hatchery standards exist for only shrimp. Once finalized, the new BAP hatchery standards for finfish, crustaceans and mollusks will replace the existing BAP shrimp hatchery standards. Also, the new BAP hatchery standards would allow companies to pursue four-star designation for species such as salmon, tilapia, catfish and Pangasius.

“The release of this draft standard is an important advancement for the BAP program as it provides a consistent, global basis for certifying hatchery and nursery facilities,” said Lee. “This draft has required substantial input from a specialist technical committee and it can be applied to virtually all species. In common with all BAP standards, it is comprehensive and rests on the BAP pillars of community, environment, animal welfare, food safety and traceability.”

The technical content of the BAP hatchery standards for finfish, crustaceans and mollusks was developed by a technical committee led by John Forster of Forster Consulting Inc. in Port Angeles, Washington, USA. The BAP Standards Oversight Committee (SOC) — whose members represent a balance of stakeholders from industry, NGOs and academia — recommended refinements to the draft of the BAP hatchery standards before approving them for release.

Lee urged all interested parties to review the draft, adding that all properly submitted comments would receive responses and would potentially influence the finished piece.

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E.U. – EFSA approves canthaxanthin in feed for ornamental fish

The red carotenoid canthaxanthin is approved by EFSA at a concentration of 100 mg/kg feed for ornamental fish in feed.
Canthaxanthin is considered of no concern for genotoxicity. Considering the oxidative susceptibility of carotenoids, the use of canthaxanthin at the proposed maximum concentration in feed will not result in a substantial increase in canthaxanthin concentration in the environment and consequently does not pose a risk to the environment. Canthaxanthin has the potential to enhance the skin pigmentation of ornamental fish.

Download full report (PDF) Scientific opinion on the safety and efficacy of canthaxanthin as a feed additive for poultry and for ornamental birds and ornamental fish [EFSA Journal 2014;12(1):3527 [24 pp.]. doi:10.2903/j.efsa.2014.3527]


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