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BioMar has announced a new recirculation aquaculture system (RAS) feed concept, LARVIVA ORBIT, that aims to improve the efficiency of marine nurseries
The concept will support an industry move of a prolonged time at hatchery for fry before they are transferred to sea. This will aid in the expected acceleration in the use of RAS technology in marine nurseries, and thereby support the development of hatchery businesses for marine fish species.
“We understand how challenging RAS operations can be, as this farming technology demands skilled manpower, extra attention to the fish, the system and the importance of specially designed feeds to accommodate the requirements and ultimately the success of RAS technology,” explained Joana Amaral, product manager for Marine Fish Hatcheries at BioMar.
Early-stage marine fry can be extra fragile to handle and have additional challenges with life at sea. During recent years marine hatcheries, primarily in the Mediterranean area, have experienced the need for increasing land-based fry production. This resulted in a change of mindset and an accelerated shift from traditional flow through systems to more advanced technologies such as RAS specially for the nursery and pre-ongrowing phases.
“At BioMar, we have established a solid expertise within the RAS segment based on extensive research and development, and experience gained from years of fruitful collaboration with RAS farmers around the world. We felt it was the right time to transfer all this expertise to marine nurseries,” Joana Amaral continued.
This feed concept comes with optimised recipes, an improved physical pellet quality, and a proven impact on faeces stability and reduction of small solids, which all answer the specific needs of RAS facilities.