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October 28, 2014

Australia

Gold Coast Shrimp Farm Tests New Sustainable Feed

 

Gold Coast Marine Aquaculture is testing Novacq, a product that will replace fishmeal and fish oil in shrimp feed with more sustainable plant-based materials.

 

Gold Coast Marine Aquaculture General Manager Nick Moore believes this new additive could be one of the biggest breakthroughs in the aquaculture industry.  “If it can in any way reduce the dependence on fish stocks it would be the single biggest breakthrough in my thirty years in the game so far,” said Moore.  “It’s not a matter of just being sustainable; it’s a matter of being able to feed your animals into the future.”

 

Novacq has taken 10 years to develop and has linked Australian shrimp farmers with Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) scientists in an effort to eliminate the dependency of shrimp farms on wild fish, something CSIRO Research Program Director Dr. Nigel Preston believes is of utmost importance.

 

Novacq has the capacity to convert high volume low value waste carbon from the world’s plant agricultural industry (wheat, rice, sugar) into an additive that replaces the nutrients of fishmeal and fish oil in a shrimp’s diet.

 

“We are able to use a marine microbial process to bio-convert that (high volume low value waste carbon) material into a product that when we harvest it and put it into shrimp feed, makes the shrimp grow 20% to 40% faster, depending on the diet formulation,” Preston said.  “It’s Australian...knowledge and technology for the global market.”

 

Source: Blankgc.com.su.  GC Prawn Farm Switches to Sustainable Feed Solution.  October 28, 2014.

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