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Features in this issue include:
- Animal co-product hydrolysates: a source of key molecules in aquaculture feeds
- Prevalence of mycotoxins in aquafeed ingredients: an update
- Green gold in Brittany’s blue economy
- Pellet distribution modelling: a tool for improved feed delivery in sea cages
- New functional fish feeds to reduce cardiovascular disease
- Herbal medicine in aquaculture
- Natural additives for fish - do we have to reinvent the wheel or is there a shortcut?
- EXPERT TOPIC - CARP
- International Aquafeed Industry profiles 2013/14
This is the last editorial for 2013 and next year I will have been your editor for five years. I will celebrate with a look back over this time and the changes and developments within the industry to date. It has been an exciting period, and my work for this magazine has enabled me to travel and meet with many interesting people and provided a rich, diverse basis for news article and features.
Only last month in early September, I returned from a one-week visit to Canada where I attended the Biomarine Business Convention in Halifax, Nova Scotia. This was a wonderful event where academia, government agencies and business came together for an exchange of ideas, technical know-how and of course some excellent farmed fish and lobster dinners. This heartland of seafood fare clearly demonstrated why we need to conserve our precious oceans and balance this with a sustainable aquaculture agenda for all to enjoy. We were addressed by His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco who spoke about his keen interest in the wealth and health of the oceans, and in good aquaculture practice. I was most honoured to welcome the sovereign Prince of Monaco to Plymouth the following week to receive an Honorary Doctorate in Marine Sciences from our University.
I write this editorial from Plymouth where we just faced the perfect storm in late October, with an Atlantic depression that brought heavy winds, rain and of course disruption across southwest England and across to northern Europe. It reminds me of the powerful forces of nature with hurricanes, typhoons and tsunamis that can seriously impede our use of rivers, estuaries and coastal areas. Fortunately aquaculture is becoming more braced for such events, although disasters can greatly damage the livelihood of those working in community aquaculture projects, causing economic hardship and loss of income and jobs. We must progress with the latest developments in engineering and new materials to enable superior pen and cage designs, outbuildings for hatcheries and indoor closed recirculation systems. Only then can we make a more secure and robust industry. I am pleased that this magazine now includes reports in this area to inform us better of such advances that have relevance to feed management and the aquaculture feed industry at large.
In Plymouth, I am also hosting my latest PhD student Kurt Servin from Mexico. He is a shrimp farmer as well as an enterprising young person with an active interest in surfing and the ocean life. He will be my 30th doctoral student over the last 27 years and I have the pleasure to share his supervision with my colleague Dr Daniel Merrifield and Albert Tacon, my own PhD supervisor from my Stirling days (and the previous editor of Aquafeed). I am sure that he will produce excellent work and contribute some articles in the future on shrimp production in the Baja California region of Mexico.
So on to the present issue, where we feature how three-dimensional modelling can prevent feed losses, by Kristoffer Rist Skøien et al. Sergio Nates et al reports how animal co-product hydrolysates can be an invaluable source of key molecules in aquaculture feeds. Herbal medicine may play a role in fish feeds countering pathogens and enabling better immune function. This interesting use of natural phytoingredients is presented by Sagiv Kolkovski. We also include a special report on Olmix’s macroalgae utilisation in Brittany, France by our deputy editor Richard Sillett.
The prevalence of mycotoxins in aquafeed ingredients is widespread and a growing threat in many regions of the world. Gonçalo Santos et al. give their insight into how these issues can be resolved.
Cardiovascular health in humans is strongly linked to nutrition and lifestyle. I am pleased to include a report by Ioannis Zabetakis et al. concerning the role of functional feed ingredients as a component in fish diets to enhance the quality of farmed fish, achieving a better product for combating cardiovascular diseases and strokes. This is an exciting and very rewarding aspect of consuming more seafood in our daily lives.
We also include reports from key events this year with a review of the Biomarine Business Conference by our own Darren Parris. We look forward to future events with news and previews such as Asia Pacific Aquaculture, the 7th International Algae Congress and Aquaculture Europe 2016.
I will see you all again in early 2014, and in the meantime wish you the best of season’s greetings and a most happy and prosperous New Year.
Nadolig Llawen (Happy Christmas) - Simon Davies, editor
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