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January 24, 2014

China

Skretting Opens Shrimp Research Center

 

Skretting, a global leader in providing innovative and sustainable nutritional solutions for the aquaculture industries, has opened its Hezhoubei Research Station in Guangdong Province, China.  This new station becomes Skretting’s main research facility for shrimp and fish in Asia.

 

Driven by growing demand from Asia and Latin America, the global shrimp feed market is expanding at a rate of approximately five percent a year (from an estimated 3.9 million metric tons in 2012).  The new research center will use Skretting’s worldwide R&D knowledge to help shrimp farmers increase their production in a more sustainable manner.

 

Speaking at the official launch ceremony, Dr. Alex Obach, Managing Director of Skretting ARC (Aquaculture Research Center) said: “The opening of the Hezhoubei Research Station is a very important milestone for ARC.  This investment demonstrates our considerable commitment to helping build a more sustainable shrimp farming industry through world-class research and innovation.”

 

Obach also paid tribute to Dr. Eva Zhou, Manager of Skretting ARC China, and her team for overseeing the construction of the research station, both in terms of extensive upgrades to existing research facilities and the building of new research laboratories.

 

Occupying 20,000 square meters of land, the Hezhoubei Research Station comprises indoor facilities for conducting trials on shrimp and fish growth and nutrient digestibility.  There are also outdoor tanks and ponds for fish trials.  In total, more than 250 experimental units (tanks and cages) are available to run research trials with both shrimp and fish in different environmental conditions.

 

The species currently targeted by ARC China include whiteleg shrimp (Penaeus vannamei), Asian seabass, snakehead, yellow catfish and tilapia.  The station will conduct trials throughout the year and currently has a workforce of 18 employees.

 

Information: Dr. Alex Obach, Skretting ARC, Sjøhagen 3, 4016 Stavanger, Norway (phone +475182551, webpage http://www.skretting.com).

 

Source: FIS United States.  Skretting Opens New Aquaculture Research Centre.  Analia Murias (editorial@fis.com).  January 24, 2014.

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