Friday, 24 October 2014

World Nutrition Forum: Dramatic change needed for sustainability

Top minds from academia, business and the NGO sectors gathered to discuss the future of animal production and sustain:ability at the BIOMIN-sponsored World Nutrition Forum 2014 in Munich. The 6th World Nutrition Forum ended two full days of stimulating sessions with plenty of food-for-thought on issues of sustain:ability across a range of topics—from the animal sciences to management, economics and philosophy.

Jorgen Randers, author of the famed “Limits to Growth” model in 1972, opened the Forum on 16 October with his latest views on the state of world affairs as detailed in his 2012 publication “2052-A global forecast for the next forty years”. Read more...


Niels Alsted: Finding alternative sources of EPA and DHA is more relevant than ever

BioMar’s Executive Vice President of Sourcing, Niels Alsted, focused on the quest for finding alternative sources of EPA and DHA in his introduction during the round table discussion at the Aquaculture Europe Conference in San Sebastian.

The recent jump in the price of marine raw materials once again underlines the necessity of finding alternative sources of EPA and DHA fatty acids in fish feed, said Niels Alsted. He pointed at four of the possible sources of EPA and DHA, but also underlined that at present, none of these sources are available in sufficient quantities to really make a difference in the market.

As one of the options, he mentioned a better utilization of byproducts from the fishing industry and the implementation of more efficient production processes for fish meal and fish oil. “This could increase both availability and quality of feed ingredients of marine origin“, he said, but he also underlined that this will not alone be able to cover the increasing demand for these ingredients. Read more...


Fish tale: New study evaluates antibiotic content in farm-raised fish

Antibiotics – one of modernity’s great success stories – are charms that come with a curse. Their overuse in human and animal populations can lead to the development of resistant microbial strains, posing a dire threat to global health. In a new study, Hansa Done, PhD candidate, and Rolf Halden, PhD, researchers at Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute, examine antibiotic use in the rapidly expanding world of global aquaculture.

Done and Halden measured the presence of antibiotics in shrimp, salmon, catfish, trout, tilapia and swai, originating from 11 countries. Data showed traces of 5 of the 47 antibiotics evaluated.

The research findings and a discussion of their implications appear in the current issue of the Journal of Hazardous Materials. Read more...


Thursday, 23 October 2014

The Icelandic FAO Based RFM Specification is now ISO Accredited

Important Achievement in the Certification Programme

The Iceland Responsible Fisheries Foundation has received full accreditation for their Icelandic Responsible Fisheries Management (IRFM) Specification. The accreditation is to the internationally recognised ISO/IEC Guide 65 Standard for certification of product and process schemes.

Fisheries for Golden Redfish and Cod have already been certified to this newly accredited IRFM Specification (standard) and all new fisheries certifications, as well as annual surveillance and re-certifications, will be to the IRFM Specification. Read more...


Marel Q3 2014 results

Record order intake and revenue with improved results
  • Revenue for Q3 2014 was 187.9m [Q3 2013: 156.9m].
  • Adjusted EBITDA* for Q3 2014 was 25.9m or 13.8% of revenue. EBITDA was 24.6m or 13.1% of revenue [Q3 2013: 19.5m].
  • Adjusted operating profit* (adj.EBIT) for Q3 2014 was 17.4m or 9.3% of revenue. EBIT was 16.1m or 8.6% of revenue [Q3 2013: 12.9m].
  • Net result for Q3 2014 was 9.8m [Q3 2013: 6.0m]. Earnings per share were 1.34 euro cents [Q3 2013: 0.81 euro cents].
  • Cash flow from operating activities before interest and tax was 29.7m [Q3 2013: 3.0m]. Net interest bearing debt was 191.3m at the end of Q3 2014 [Q3 2013: 239.0m].
  • The order book was at 169.2m at the end of Q3 2014 compared with 156.4m at the end of Q2 2014 [Q3 2013: 138.3m]
Marel achieved order intake of 201 million during the third quarter. Modernization projects and standard equipment sales were at a high level in the US and Europe. Several small and medium sized Greenfields were secured in growing emerging markets such as Africa, Asia and South America. Read more...


Gorton's Seafood Reinvents the Iconic Fish Stick

Gorton’s Seafood, the inventor of one of America’s most classic mealtime options, the fish stick, has reinvented its iconic product. Gorton’s all new Smart & Crunchy Fish Sticks are hitting shelves across the country and are expected to be available nationally by early 2015.

New Smart & Crunchy Fish Sticks, also available as Fish Fillets, are made with 100% wild-caught Alaska Pollock and breaded in a panko coating that gives them a great crunch. Always crispy, never fried, they have 50% less fat than Gorton’s regular Fish Sticks and are 180 calories per serving. Read more...


AquaSur 2014 Started Yesterday

The program of the principal aquaculture fair of the Southern Hemisphere includes activities such as seminars, conferences and technical seminars for both visitors and representatives of the aquaculture industry and special guests.

With the final details ready, the International Fair AquaSur 2014 will open its doors today Wednesday 22th of October, and it will be focus on the sustainability of the aquaculture industry. Because of its international importance, the exhibitors may create links, generate and concrete opportunities for both domestic and international investment.

To know more about the activities that will take place in the fair, please review the website www.aqua-sur.cl. Read more...