Category Archives: Tilapia Culture – Worldwide

CTSA 2016 Priority – Tilapia Farming Development

Tilapia has been identified as one of the most desired species for aquaculture farming throughout the Center for Tropical and Subtropical Aquaculture (CTSA) region. Although most farming technology is available, the development and expansion of tilapia farming still faces regional challenges. One of the highest priorities in recent years has been stock improvement, and much work has been done in that area. CTSA encourages studies to continue improving the productivity of tilapia farming, and has identified the following top priorities for FY2016:

1) Develop protocols to ensure the quality of the final products.

2) Improve regional access to disease-free tilapia with high-quality genetic traits.

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First Latin American Company To Offer Four-Star BAP Tilapia

Paraiso Springs Aquaculture Guatemala is Latin America’s first company qualified to offer four-star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) tilapia, the Global Aquaculture Alliance announced in early March.

The company became eligible to offer four-star BAP tilapia with the BAP certification of its hatchery. Its new processing plant and farm — located in Caserio Los Angeles, San Luis Peten, Guatemala — are already BAP certified, as are the feed mills from which it sources feed, Areca Feed Mill in Guatemala and Cargill de Honduras.

Four-star BAP status denotes that the product originates from a BAP-certified processing plant, farm, hatchery and feed mill. It’s the highest achievement in the BAP program.

“We are very proud of the hard work our crew put forth to obtain BAP four-star certification. It certainly is an accomplishment for a small family-run operation like Paraiso Springs. This is a big part of our quality commitment to our clients and community,” said Alejandro Palomo, president of Paraiso Springs Aquaculture Guatemala.

Currently, worldwide, there are 74 BAP-certified tilapia processing plants and 68 BAP-certified tilapia farms, representing more than 175,000 metric tons annually.

About BAP
A division of the Global Aquaculture Alliance, Best Aquaculture Practices is an international certification program based on achievable, science-based and continuously improved performance standards for the entire aquaculture supply chain — farms, hatcheries, processing plants and feed mills — that assure healthful foods produced through environmentally and socially responsible means. BAP certification is based on independent audits that evaluate compliance with the BAP standards developed by the Global Aquaculture Alliance.

Aquaculture Symposium to Focus on Infectious Diseases of Tilapia & Strip Catfish

Aquaculture Symposium taking place on 24 of March all day at Meeting Room 2 (3rd floor) of SECC in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam which focus on Infectious diseases of Tilapia & Strip catfish invite 4 Fisheries experts from Veterinary Pathobiology, Faculty of Veterinary Science, Chulalongkorn University Bangkok, Thailand and the specialist in Tilapia from Vietnam to join the session.

The interesting topics are Franciscellosis, Streptococcosis, Columnaris disease in Tilapia and Strip catfish and Concurrent infection & Miscellaneous diseases, Antibiotic resistance in Aquaculture, Vaccine for Tilapia and Strip catfish and close session with Viral Nervous necrosis in Tilapia. This class is special for fish farmer to understand and study how to solve the infectious diseases of Tilapia and strip catfish in Vietnam. FAVA believe that this class will create the valuable knowledge for all delegate and the 120 seats are limited.

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For more information of ILDEX Vietnam 2016, please visit www.ILDEX-VIETNAM.com

Feed experiment to increase nutritional value of tilapia

1 February 2016 – WorldFish scientists will begin to experiment with feed ingredients that can increase the nutritional value of tilapia as part of a new project.

AquaLINC, funded by Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), aims to increase supplies of fish that are more affordable and have a higher nutritional content for consumers in Egypt and Bangladesh. Implemented by WorldFish, the project will focus on developing production models for tilapia that meet the demands of resource poor consumers and are profitable for producers and retailers.

Using feed-additives to increase the Omega 3, and micronutrient content of farmed fish will have significant benefits for all, but especially for resource poor consumers who are more likely to be under nourished.

Recent WorldFish research in Egypt and Bangladesh suggests poor consumers typically prefer purchasing less expensive, smaller fish while aquaculture production systems in both countries are increasingly geared towards producing larger fish. Focusing on a popular farmed fish, tilapia, AquaLINC will examine the business case for how to increase the production and market for smaller fish.

Smaller fish which consume less feed and have shorter lifecycles may reduce the environmental footprint for fish production, another research area for the project.

Nigel Preston, Director General, WorldFish: “We are committed to innovations that will promote pro-poor fish value chains. Increased consumption of fish in nutritionally insecure parts of the world will improve food and nutrition security.”

AquaLINC will establish enabling conditions for the development and expansion of pro-poor tilapia value chains in Bangladesh and Egypt by testing the economic and technical feasibility of producing more nutrient-rich and smaller-sized fish and its acceptance by poor consumers. These innovations are expected to lead to: improved quality of fish; increased consumption of fish by the poor, particularly for nutritionally vulnerable populations (women of reproductive age and young children); and lower environmental impacts in fish production.

The three-year project will build on current research on the nutrition and health benefits of fish. It will also add to the research on increasing the affordability of fish for poor consumers and a growing body of work on the environmental impact of farmed fish production.

For more information or to request an interview contact:

Toby Johnson, Senior Media Relations Manager
Mobile Tel: +60 (0) 175 124 606
Email: t.johnson@cgiar.org
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Philippines BFAR releases 300,000 tilapia fingerlings for Abra fisherfolk

BANGUED, Abra, Jan. 19(PIA)- – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) regional office  released this month a total of 300,000 tilapia fingerlings  to  the province.

According to Provincial Fishery Officer Mr. Jesus Astrero, these fingerlings are distributed to fish folks and fish pond owners in the municipalities of Lagangilang, Sallapadan, Peñarrubia, Lagayan, Bucay, Pilar, Bangued, Dolores, San Juan, Tubo and Tayum.

“Other tilapia fingerlings will be placed in communal body of water or rivers while fingerlings left in the office will be dispersed in Calaba River,” he said.

These fingerlings are expected to grow in number to help the community have additional source of living.

The first stock of fingerlings from BFAR was requested by Governor Eustaquio P. Bersamin to augment the loss resulting from strong typhoons that struck the province last year. (JDP/GBB- PIA CAR, Abra)

Safety Concerns & Healthier Eating Trends Driving Change and Opportunity for U.S. Seafood Producers

Homebred Tilapia producers are best positioning themselves for the paradigm shift already under way

BONITA, CA – December 23, 2015 —  Few realize it, but the United States’ seafood market is worth a whopping $60 billion, mostly shrimp. Even more amazing, most consumed seafood in the U.S. is imported. This is good news for New Global Energy Inc. (OTCMKTS:  NGEY), who seeks to close the loop on fully sustainable fish farming that’s safe and healthy for Americans.

With greater oversight and greater scrutiny of the seafood industry falling into place, however, United States consumers are understandably hesitant to consume more fish. Not only is the quality of this foreign seafood being increasingly questioned, safety concerns are now the norm.

Perhaps no other sliver of the seafood market has been held back by quality and safety concerns as much as tilapia has. That concern is creating opportunity for American providers, however, which can verify and validate their fish, is not only of the highest quality, but meets the highest safety standards.

It’s this aspect of the maturing U.S. tilapia market  in fact, the SmallCap Network research staff believes could provide a potentially compelling opportunity for investors in 2016.

In spite of the country’s capable seafood production business, more than 90% of the seafood eaten in the United States is imported. Tilapia is no exception. The majority of the tilapia eaten in the U.S. comes from China, Indonesia, Ecuador, and Honduras, just to name a few. Not all of these countries necessarily have the same safety and quality standards the U.S. may have. And, perhaps worse, even where standards are strong, the enforcement of those standards may or may not be consistent.

As an illustration of the concern, a 2009 report from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, noted that over the course of the eight prior years, a great deal of the tilapia imported from China had been banned from being shipped to the U.S. because those “fish are often raised in ponds where they feed on waste from poultry and livestock.”

Of course, even where farm-raised tilapia isn’t consuming waste, mercury consumption is an ongoing and valid concern.

It’s not to say all Chinese fish farms are guilty of breeding tilapia in conditions that make them unsafe for consumption, and to the country’s credit, enforcement of minimal standards is improving. But, with 200 million small, independent aquafarms of less than two acres per farm coupled with the fact that China produces a whopping 40% of the world’s tilapia supply, regulatory oversight is still tenuous at best.

It’s unfortunate tilapia’s reputation has been damaged too, as it’s a particularly good source of protein. Aside from being a source of omega-3 fatty acids (which are important for brain function), one serving of tilapia can provide half the daily recommended amount of protein intake.

It’s this convergence of growing demand for tilapia and fear of consuming it that has presented an opportunity for U.S.-based providers, who can breed the fish safely and effectively, and in a venue that’s easy for consumers and regulators to verify is safe and clean.

Individual companies like New Global Energy Inc. (OTCMKTS: NGEY) are quietly working to lead the charge.

Those who know New Global Energy well likely know it as a Moringa farm. Moringa is the world’s newest superfood, rich in nutrients and full of antioxidants. However, the Company’s entry into the Moringa business was actually fueled by New Global’ s aim to grow its own fish feed, so it would know exactly what its tilapia were consuming.

New Global Energy, through its subsidiary Aqua Farming Tech, has also gone to great lengths as well as expense, to ensure the water it breeds its fish in is properly filtered, safe, and clean.  This new found process of full sustainability is receiving rapid growth adoption across many industries.

The bulk of New Global Energy’s aqua farming growth plans are in front of it. As was recently noted in seafood industry publication Undercurrent News, the company aims to produce 27,500 pounds of tilapia per week by the first quarter of 2017, and the potential addition of a third and possibly even a fourth fish farm could ramp up that level of output. That translates into a few million in annual tilapia sales, making NGEY a potentially exciting prospect for investors.

First Chinese Tilapia Farms Earn ASC Certification

Qingdao, 3 November 2015 – Qionghai Zhongpingzi Grobest tilapia farm and Chengmai Xingyuan Development Co Ltd have become the first Chinese farms to achieve Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification. This landmark achievement reflects the pioneering initiative and efforts of a few farms in the industry to tackle some of the major challenges facing tilapia farming in China.

The success of the farms and their respective processers Hainan Xiangtai Fisheries Co., Ltd and Hainan Sky-Blue Ocean Foods Co., Ltd was celebrated today during the Sustainable Seafood Forum in Qingdao. The formal handover of the certificates was conducted by the  independent certification body that assessed the farms against the ASC standard, Intertek. The ceremony was attended by government officials, seafood industry representatives, NGOs and the media.

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Qionghai Zhongpingzi Grobest tilapia farm and Chengmai Xingyuan Development Co. Ltd are the first among a number of farms that undertook pre-assessments with help from WWF China to see if they operated in a way that meets the ASC Tilapia Standard. A third tilapia farm, Wenchang Zhou Qinfu, has been assessed against the ASC standard and hopes to be certified soon.

Achieving ASC certification brings global recognition that Qionghai Zhongpingzi Grobest tilapia farm and Chengmai Xingyuan Development Co. Ltd are operating in a responsible way. It marks the start of their contribution towards a global market for responsibly produced seafood.

Mr Yang Huaying, Deputy Executive Director Hainan Sky-Blue Ocean Foods Co. Ltd said: “We are pleased that Qionghai Zhongpingzi Grobest has passed the assessment against the ASC Tilapia Standard. ASC certification allows us to prove to our customers that we are committed to responsible aquaculture.”

Mr Liu Rongjie, President Xiangtai Fisheries Co. Ltd, said: “For us it is important be able to show through a third party that our ambitions towards responsible tilapia farming have been achieved. The ASC certification of Chengmai Xingyuan Development Co. Ltd helps us communicate this to our stakeholders.”

Making progress towards a more environmentally sustainable and socially responsible tilapia sector in the Chinese aquaculture industry has been achieved through a partnership between ASC, the China Aquatic Products Processing and Marketing Alliance (CAPPMA) and WWF China. As a result the industry has begun to make real strides in improving the transparency of Chinese tilapia aquaculture.

Dr Cui He, Executive Vice President, CAPPMA, said: “I would like to congratulate the Qionghai Zhongpingzi Grobest and Chengmai Xingyuan Development Co. Ltd for becoming the first tilapia farms in China to meet the rigorous requirements of the ASC Tilapia Standard. CAPPMA has been diligently working with ASC and WWF China to promote responsible aquaculture in China. This is a major step towards responsible aquaculture in this important market.”

Credible and independent farm certification

ASC does not audit or certify farms itself; this is done by independent certifiers. The certifiers  have to undergo a rigorous process of accreditation by a company that is independent of ASC, Accreditation Services International (ASI). ASI also monitors the performance of accredited certifiers. Before certifiers can formally undertake audits their staff must have participated in an ASC Auditor Training course and passed the mandatory exam to demonstrate their full understanding of and competence in the application of the standard.

Chris Ninnes, ASC’s CEO, said: “These certifications reflect the substantial efforts of the farms to make real improvements in their operations. The farms were subject to scrutiny by a team of independent experts, which assessed them against the strict requirements of the ASC Tilapia Standard. This is a major milestone and they should be immensely proud of their achievements.”Throughout the assessment process stakeholders had the opportunity to input into the farm audits, with their views actively sought. This is a unique feature of the ASC programme.

The ASC Tilapia Standard development

Jin Zhonghao, Director of Market Transformation, WWF China, said: “The ASC standard for tilapia aquaculture was created by a series of open roundtable discussions coordinated by the WWF. The multi-stakeholder initiative involved more than 200 tilapia farming experts including producers, conservationists and scientists. The resulting standard is incredibly robust, built on scientific knowledge and practices aimed at addressing the key negative environmental and social impacts of the industry.”

By meeting the ASC Tilapia Standard the Qionghai Zhongpingzi Grobest Tilapia Farm and Chengmai Xingyuan Development Co. Ltd have demonstrated that they are well managed and minimise any adverse environmental or social impacts by, for example, focusing on the conservation and quality of water resources, no misuse of antibiotics, minimising escapes, compliance with strict feed requirements and meeting a range of social requirements.

Contact: Sun Brage
Aquaculture Stewardship Council
Sun.Brage@asc-aqua.org
T: +31 (0)30 230 56 92

Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC): www.asc-aqua.org

China Aquatic Products Processing and Marketing Alliance (CAPPMA): www.cappma.org

World Wide Fund for Nature-China (WWF-China): www.wwfchina.org

Tilapia Saint Peter’s Fish – The Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes – Occurred Again Today

TIBERIUS, Israel, June 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ —

Israel Snir, who is recognized as the pioneer of the Tilapia aquaculture and processing industry in Israel and worldwide, paid a special visit today to the Church of the “loaves and fishes” in Tabgha (Church of the Multiplication on The Banks of the Sea of Galilee) to strengthen the hands of the local people. Snir brought a large consignment of fish and loaves to the grateful clergy.

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Tilapia Saint Peter’s Fish – The Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes

Snir said: “The move is meant to show solidarity with the pain of the church, in alignment with the preservation of this special place, and as a moral duty to express our opposition to the recent expressions of hatred and violence towards the church – and ask for forgiveness, though we have no direct involvement.

“I came as an individual, not on behalf of any organization but my conscience. I want to atone for the vandalism and to express the disgust and insult to the basic values ​​of all human society, with hopes to repair the damage to the reputation of Aquaculture in Israel, and to minimize further damage to the tourism industry and the degradation to Israel’s world image.”

After meeting the leaders of the church, Snir said: “Aggressive and violent, extremist fanatics hit Christian neighbors’ sacred site in an attempt to destroy a subtle but long-standing relationship based on mutual respect for human dignity – whatever our faith may be. They struck the church and its property – but not its spirit, they attempted to break the common faith that allowed for the harmonious life we have shared.”

Snir offered condolences, gratitude and sympathy with the pain of the church. “In recognition with the preservation of this miraculous place, we feel a moral obligation to say clearly that we are opposed to any expressions of hatred and violence towards you – and we ask for your forgiveness. We have come to revive the miracle again – we offer your church a symbolic gift of bread and fish!”

Israel is well known as the holy country due to its many places sacred to believers of Christianity, among them the Bread and Fish Church on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. But the church is much more than another holy site. Burning the church is a serious blow not only to the church but to many others all over the world for whom the story of the miracle of the loaves and fishes is a source of faith, inspiration, but first of all a source of life.

The miracle, in simple form, as recounted in the New Testament:

“But, lest we cause them to stumble, go thou to the sea, and cast a hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a shekel: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.” (Matthew 17:27)

Israel Snir, who was born on Kibbutz Neve Eitan of the Beit She’an Valley, a pioneer of the industry in the country, took the Tilapia, established a first in its class industrial processing factory named “Dag Shean” which lead the way to the first ever Tilapia fillet product to be introduced to the US and Europe and to the creation of one of the major seafood products produced and consumed today.

Over the last thirty years, the fish, known by names such as Ammon, Musht, Tilapia, Saint Peter’s Fish, has become the most important fish species globally, grown and locally consumed in more than 100 countries.

Contact:
Israel Snir
Isra.tilapia@gmail.com

SOURCE Ronen Hillel Communications

Indian Government Support to Aquaculture Industry Raising Aquafeed Demand

The Indian aquaculture industry is one of the most promising industries on global scale. As Indian Carps has gained tremendous popularity among different cuisines, government is taking initiatives to further elevate the demand of Indian aquacultured species. The subsidies and assistance provided by the government for development of aquaculture has been driving its growth in the industry. Both the Central and the State Government have undertaken several policy initiatives and measures to boost the growth of fisheries industry of India.

Various initiatives like Development of Freshwater Aquaculture, implemented by Fish Farmers Development Agencies (FFDAs), is an important scheme in inland sector. In order to boost inland fish production, assistance in the form of subsidy is given to the fish farmers for construction of new ponds, renovation of ponds and tanks, on first year inputs (fish seed, fertilizers, manures, etc.), integrated fish farming, running water fish culture, establishment of fish seed hatcheries and fish feed mills, etc. Hence, the fish farmers are motivated towards culturing the fishes and acquiring the above benefits, thus demanding more aquafeed. Also, based on the expected growth in the aquaculture industry in the country, the demand for aquafeed is bound to increase in the future.

The report “India Commercial Aquafeed Market Outlook 2018” provides an indepth and rational analysis of the commercial aquafeed market in India. It covers market forecast till 2018 for the production of major aquacultured finfishes like carps, tilapia and catfishes, along with aquacultured shellfish. Since the aquaculture production is expected to increase in the future, the production and consumption of commercial aquafeed is also bound to increase. Thus, the report also covers commercial aquafeed market forecast till 2018, which has been further fragmented into commercial finfish feed and commercial shrimp feed market.

The forecast for production and consumption of commercial finfish (i.e. carps, tilapia & catfish) feed have been drawn till 2018. A section about the major ingredients used in commercial finfish feed and their inclusion rate to generate a brief understanding of the kind of ingredients that will be in demand has also been provided in the report. Further, an overview of the drivers and the government initiatives, which have the capacity to put the industry on a growth trajectory, has also been given. We have also identified the challenges faced by the industry along with a brief overview of the FCR of various finfishes. The report also covers business overview of various well known industry players.

For FREE SAMPLE of this report visit: http://www.rncos.com/Report/IM660.htm

Aquasense Panama Commences Site Preparation for First Open-Ocean Farmed Tilapia

April 27, 2015PANAMA CITY, PanamaOpen-ocean tilapia producer Aquasense Panama, S. de R.L., an affiliate of the U.S. holding company Aquasense International Corp., has begun site preparation at its Gulf of Panamá ocean site in the Republic of Panamá, where the company plans to develop the seafood industry’s first-ever open-ocean project for farm-raised saltwater tilapia products for the USA market.

Las Perlas Archipelago, Gulf of Panamá

Las Perlas Archipelago, Gulf of Panamá

“Our project has been gaining traction since we announced it last year and, thanks to additional seed funding, pre-ops can start,” said James F. Reilly, president and CEO of Aquasense. According to Sjef van Eijs, chief operating officer of Aquasense, “We are excited about getting in the water for site preparation and we expect to do this work on time and on budget.”

In March, the company signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Miami-based Gamma Seafood Corporation, a division of the Alfa Gamma Group, to market and distribute products resulting from this innovative project.

Aquasense Grilled SW Red Tilapia

Aquasense Grilled SW Red Tilapia

Aquasense Panama is an early-stage aquaculture company with the mission of contributing to meeting the rising food needs of a growing world population in a sustainable manner. “We have developed a non-traditional farming method for tilapia based on our preliminary research,” said Reilly. “That research showed that, when tilapia are reared in the full salinity of the open ocean and given nutritious food, the result is a much-improved fish product in terms of both taste and texture. In 2007, we set out to change the paradigm of fish farming by bringing our operations to the pristine waters surrounding Panama.”

The project responds to predictions about world population growth and demands for seafood. “We see this project as a sustainable solution to a global problem,” said Reilly. “The U.S. Census Bureau is projecting that the global population will explode to 8 billion by the year 2020. The U.N. is projecting that the world will need an additional 40 million tons of seafood by the year 2030. With commercial fishing fleets unable to meet the growing demand, the only viable solution is aquaculture. Our mission is to contribute to meeting the rising food needs of a growing world population in a sustainable manner. We are very excited about taking the next step in bringing this important process to fruition.”

For more information about Aquasense and its projects, go to www.aquasense.com.