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Stay up to date with industry news and whats happening within the world of aquaculture. Rather than send out our old paper format news letter, we will keep you updated via our news blog format.

Due to a much stronger peak season in Asia pacific, Big Nutrition are experiencing longer than expected delays on all containers that trans-ship via Singapore. This has unfortunately come just before our Summer and high demands on our Aquaculture feed products.
We will endeavour to control the problem as best we can and hope this will not affect our customers too much. Where we can substitute EWOS with Cargill feeds, or vice vera, we will do so at no additional cost to you.
We will keep the website updated as further information comes to hand.



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Fishmeal is an excellent source of protein and other essential nutrients to aquaculture species but it is a limited natural resource. Through our extensive nutrient research and work with other Cargill business units, we are able to source ingredients that provide the necessary nutrients and apply technologies to utilize them without affecting growth performance and production.
As a result, we have been able to significantly decrease our use of fishmeal in aquaculture feeds. We continue to look for amino acid sources and other essential nutrients in co-products to continue our journey in replacing fishmeal in aquaculture diets.



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Peak period for import / export runs between September through to the end of December, before returning to normal.

We are experiencing worse than normal congestion through international ports with delays on our orders expected to interrupt our standard delivery time. Please contact our office directly for more information.



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Cargill has entered into an agreement with Altor Fund III and Bain Capital Europe III to acquire EWOS, a global leader in salmon nutrition for 1.35 billion euros. The transaction, which is subject to regulatory approvals, is expected to close before the end of the calendar year.

Cargill will acquire seven feed manufacturing facilities. The acquisition gives Cargill entry into the salmon market and will make Cargill’s animal nutrition business a leading player in the growing salmon feed industry, one of the most advanced and professionally managed segments in global aquaculture. As part of the transaction, Cargill will acquire seven feed manufacturing facilities; three in Norway, and one each in Chile, Canada, Scotland and Vietnam, as well as two state-of-the-art R&D centers located in Norway and Chile. EWOS produces more than 1.2 million metric tons of salmon feed for the biggest salmon producers in the world.



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EWOS announces new fish research centre in Chile


EWOS invests USD 9.5 million in a new research centre named EWOS Fish Health Centre. The centre will be located in the Los Lagos region of Chile. Construction begins today.

“Food is important for health – this is the case for fish as well. Feed is a key part of the solution to improving fish health. Through research and innovation, we will offer our customers the best health feed products that can possibly be made,” commented EWOS CEO Einar Wathne.

The Board of EWOS Group has decided to invest over 80 million kroner in a new EWOS Fish Health Centre. The unit will be located in the Los Lagos region of Chile. Building permits and other necessary licenses are in place, and EWOS will start construction today February 23rd.

Record investment and continuing tradition
Health feeds are a priority for EWOS, particularly health feed for farmed salmon. Through our product development, we have contributed to a reduced dependence on medicines and environmentally controversial drugs in salmon farming. EWOS Innovation in Dirdal has through decades built up leading competency on research and innovation in this area. The units in Norway and Chile will cooperate and complement each other in the future.

CEO Einar Wathne commented:

“Through decades, EWOS has made bold investments in research and development. In 1996, we spent 20 million kroner to build the feed technology centre in Dirdal. Now we bring this tradition further. The investment we are now making, is as far as we know the largest investment in research and development made by a private operator in the salmon industry. A record investment of which we are proud, and an investment that will benefit both our company and the aquaculture industry in general.”

Adel El-Mowafi, Research Director at EWOS Innovation, expects that the unit in Chile will increase research capacity significantly:

“We will be able to do four to five times more studies each year and speed up our investigation into how feed can reduce the harmful effects of sea lice. We expect to quickly make new improvements on existing products and within two to three years we plan to launch new health feed products. Simultaneously, the new capacity will enable us to react even quicker to novel health challenges that may emerge in the future.”

Health challenges
EWOS Fish Health Centre will extend over 2950 square meters and contain systems for water purification, hatchery, research area and laboratories. From start-up, the centre will have 25-30 employees.

The researchers will focus on developing feed products that can help to combat challenges from sea lice, as well as the diseases like SRS and AGD.

“Threats such as sea lice and diseases are the most serious challenges to salmon farming. These threats limit opportunities for sustainable growth of the industry and also affect both reputation and financial results. Feed cannot solve this challenge alone. However, our results have shown that we can make an important contribution in partnership with other measures in the aquaculture industry. Through this record investment, we increase our contribution significantly,” commented Einar Wathne.

About EWOS Group:

Holds approximately 1/3 of the world market for feed for farmed salmon and trout
Sold over 1.1 million tonnes of feed in 2013, with revenues of more than NOK 10,8 billion
1,039 employees (2013)
Extensive research and development in fish nutrition and feed technology through EWOS Innovation in Norway and Chile
22 production lines in seven factories – three in Norway, as well as one in Chile, Canada, Scotland and Vietnam
Owned by Altor Equity Partners and Bain Capital

For further information, please contact:

Communications Manager Hanne Dankertsen
+47 994 49 173



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New Method to Allow Sampling from Live Salmon
09 February 2015
NORWAY – EWOS Innovation is developing a new method which makes the sampling of pigment and fat on live Atlantic salmon possible within seconds, whilst keeping the fish alive.

“Today, conventional fish sampling methods means scarifying the fish to obtain quality samples, which are then grinded and analyzed. This is both costly and labor-intensive. With merely low pressure, our new method makes it possible to scan the fat level and color content in only a few second. In addition, we can send a happy, alive and kicking salmon right back into the cage after measuring,” said Product Manager Ernst Hevrøy.

Fat percentage and pigment

The main objective is to develop a method for measuring body fat percentage and pigment content in the fillet of Atlantic salmon while it is alive, using an ultra-compact near-infrared spectrophotometer, namely the MicroNIR.

An additional objective is to use the method for evaluation of the fat distribution, and to assess the general energy status of the fish.

Benefit for fish and process

MicroNIR will provide major benefits during fieldwork, both for the fish and the process. In production follow-up, quality sampling of the fish is a frequent task. MicroNIR makes this work considerably more efficient, since this method only require a few seconds to scan the fish fat level and color content.

Moreover, the fish stays alive and healthy, and can go right back into the fish pen after measurement.

The MicroNIR project owner is EWOS Norway. Researchers at EWOS Innovation develop the technical solutions, which are tested on fish samples together with the salmon breeding company Aqua Gen AS.

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Clean Seas Kingfish Out Perform

AUSTRALIA – Clean Seas is experiencing strong growth with its new season Kingfish. Development rates are the best the company has produced in recent years.

The 2013 season Kingfish fingerlings are approximately halfway through their lifecycle since being introduced in November last year and have recorded average fish weights of 1.6kg from leading pens more than double the average fish weight recorded by the 2012 season fingerlings at the same time last year.

Survival rates have also greatly improved this season with a 92.5 per cent survival rate for the 2013 Kingfish fingerlings compared to this time last year when the survival rate for the 2012 fingerlings was only 47.2 per cent.

Clean Seas CEO, Dr Craig Foster, said the company is buoyed by the results.

“Our new season Kingfish fingerlings are in extremely good health and are recording higher body weights than previous years which is really pleasing,” he said.

“Survival rates have also been consistently strong over their lifecycle, and in fact are the strongest we have produced in recent years.”

As a result of the impressive performance of the new season Kingfish fingerlings, Clean Seas has confirmed it will take the next step in its growth strategy to lift annual Kingfish production from 500 tonnes to between 1,100 and 1,500 tonnes by 2015.

“Our short-term goal is to boost Kingfish annual production from 500 tonnes to 1,500 tonnes by 2015, while our five-year production target remains 3,000 tonnes per annum,” said Dr Foster, adding
that demand for Clean Seas Kingfish remains strong with farmgate prices above $14 per kilogram.

The interim results for Clean Seas 2013 Kingfish fingerlings follow the companys announcement in May that a recent renounceable entitlement issue had closed fully subscribed raising a total of A$3,607,907 (excluding fees and commissions) to further invest in building Kingfish production.

“Our key performance measures are ahead of target and the overall performance is consistent with our strategy to re-focus and re-build a profitable business based on sustainable Kingfish production,” Dr Foster said.

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Dollar Falls...Prices Rise

THE Australian dollar is lower after heavy falls on the US stock market on Friday night. This comes after a fortnight of below parity trading, putting pressure on imported goods, such as fish feed and the raw materials used to manufacture stock feeds in Australia.
Big Nutrition has refrained from increasing prices over the past 8 months due to the increase in fish meal prices from Chile and Peru; hoping the demand from China would stabilise, but the added cost of the weakened dollar has forced us to lift our prices in order to continue to survive as an importer and supplier of Aquaculture feed and equipment.
As the Northern hemisphere move into Summer, demand on all protein sources from China will no doubt increase putting further pressure on fishmeal prices. On the other hand, Taiwan’s Aquaculture industry is struggling in the face of wide spread disease issues predominately within their prawn farming sector. Due to this fact the demand on all proteins in Taiwan are significantly lower than normal. Because of this we have decided to return to our Lucky Star mill in Taiwan and source all fish feed from there for the foreseeable future. This will reduce the need to further increase prices and hopefully allows us to decrease our prices before Australia’s summer hits. All Lucky Star extruded prawn feed will continue to be sourced from our China mill.



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King Fish perform above expectations

CLEAN Seas’ kingfish have been growing well this season since new fingerlings were introduced in November.

After five months of the 15 to 18-month grow-out phase, this season’s kingfish weigh more than a kilogram.

Chief executive officer Craig Foster said the current growth of the fish was among the best the company had seen.

“The fish performance is amongst the best we have ever achieved,” he said.

“We are excited with the quality of the yellowtail fish, including their health and general appearance.”

Mr Foster said the fingerlings would be transferred to sea cages for their final grow-out in October.

He said the fish were expected to return Clean Seas to acceptable production tonnages.

“Ongoing hatchery research and development has resolved a long term yellowtail fingerling production issue, which will dramatically improve the cost of production of fingerlings through consistently higher survival rates,” he said.

“We are well advanced in re-organising the yellowtail kingfish hatchery to implement the new findings.

“We look forward to continued strong performance under the yellowtail breeding and grow-out program to deliver increased production tonnages in line with the company’s production targets.”

Port lincoln Times 24/04/2013



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NZ King Salmon deemed sustainable

NZ King Salmon deemed sustainable
Marlborough Express
Last updated 09:49 26/03/2013

New Zealand King Salmon has been named a sustainable salmon producer by achieving the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s best aquaculture practices (BAP) certification.

The company said the certification covers all NZ King Salmon’s operations – five fish farms and three production units in Marlborough and Nelson. It said the company’s new Marlborough Sounds farms would be audited as they came on stream.

King Salmon chief executive Grant Rosewarne said attaining an internationally accepted aquaculture sustainability certification confirmed King Salmon’s world-class environmental standards.

Certification examines farm compliance issues such as community property rights and relations, worker relations, the environment, fish management and welfare, wildlife interactions and supply storage and disposal.

On the production side, it addresses management practices such as quality and staff, environment and food safety and verification and traceability.

Mr Rosewarne says the certification confirmed the company was doing what it said it had been doing.

“Given the high standards we set ourselves, compliance was achievable without a great deal of change to our current processes and procedures,” he said. “Corrective actions following audit were limited and indicative of a sound operation with only minor tweaks required.

“We’re very pleased with this certification. We can carry the certification mark on our packaging and that gives consumers comfort knowing we are managing our activities in an environmentally sensitive and acceptable way.”

The company had done considerable preliminary work on researching which was the best global standard, Mr Rosewarne said.

“We came to the conclusion the certification was one of the best suited to the New Zealand situation, which differs from most other territories in terms of isolation from disease and the king salmon species we farm.”

The company’s operations were audited by an experienced Australian-based certifier who was contracted to the Global Aquaculture Alliance, and audits would be carried out annually, Mr Rosewarne said.

“This is obviously important in all markets but especially so offshore – the United States is an example – where some customers will take product from a certified producer in preference to others.”

Traceability was a very big part of the certification, he said.

“It interconnects links in the aquaculture seafood production chain, assuring purchasers that all steps in the process were taken in compliance with environmental, social and food safety standards.”



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