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Features in this issue include:
- Potential for European lobster mariculture
- Mud crab farming in India
- Larval culture of Pangasius in Puerto Rico
- Innovation Nation - How new developments in aquaculture are boosting the Scottish economy
- A technological innovation for crustacean aquaculture the Scottish economy
- EXPERT TOPIC: Salmonids
- FISH FARMING TECHNOLOGY: Faivre equipped Trout farms
- FISH FARMING TECHNOLOGY: The use of feed in RAS
- FISH FARMING TECHNOLOGY: Technology on display - Aquaculture UK
The spring has arrived and the longer days are now very noticeable here in the UK. There is nothing like some well-deserved sunshine to stimulate the evenings before the computer and I have certainly been kept busy with a glass of wine in hand of course!
Plenty of academic work has come my way and it’s been a pleasure to support my PhD students with their dissertation proof readings and other matters concerning the final writing up of their theses before they submit to the judge and jury.
I was most pleased to be invited recently to a government ‘think tank’ in Glasgow, Scotland to participate in a forum aimed at establishing a network of academic, industrial and research council of UK operatives from the BBSRC and NERC. There is much interest now in both the fish and shellfish areas for UK investment and collaboration with considerable potential for a number of key areas to be supported including the need for sustainable feeds close to this magazine’s interests.
I also visited the University of Glasgow to discuss biomedical work using zebrafish where I will advise on special diets for zebrafish to study obesity and lipid/carbohydrate metabolism. There are great opportunities here for using fish nutrition as a tool in clinical medical research.
My new position in Harper Adams University has enabled me to combine the best of approaches with some more time for travel and meeting so many stake-holders and experts in the aquaculture business and academic sector with progression in a number of areas.
One of my tasks now is to expand our MSc portfolio in mono-gastric animal production and we have now an excellent validated masters’ programme in Aquaculture with a strong focus on the technical needs of industry. We will leave others to magnify on the socio-economics and politics of aquaculture and endless definitions of sustainability as an aquatic cure for insomnia. My other task is to construct a new research facility for nutrition trials with fish and anyone with a view for support and investment are welcome to offer advice. My plumbing skills are not too bad but I would better get the experts in this field for a high quality recirculation aquaculture system for trout, tilapia and carp feed trials; any takers to show off their best technology platform in a higher education setting?
One area of interest to me recently was news of the continued trend of increased pangasius imports into the UK and EU in general. With demand quite high, and imports up by 0.4 percent over last year to Europe having already attained a value of some US$42.2 million in 2016.
This demonstrates the importance of the markets and the outcome of the referendum for UK membership in the EU is, in my opinion, unlikely to affect the import of a lucrative market for farmed fish in Britain. However, we must develop our own aquaculture industry to secure domestic fish production as an economic strategy.
Turning to our magazine now, we have our regular topical news items and reports concerning the trends and the people that are making waves in the industry on a global level. Certainly our international reach is now so impressive and our associate editors do an excellent job in the translation of the magazine into Chinese and Spanish, covering major aquafeed and technological advances to an important audience.
In this edition, amongst a typically eclectic blend of bang up to date news and forthright columns, we have a very informative article by Rob Davis from the AquaBiotech group that focuses on RAS. Our good friend Dr Laxmappa has also provided us with a very comprehensive account of the behaviour and habitat of Scylla serrata, or mud crabs to give their more familiar name.
This issue also boasts a fabulous report from Abbeville in Northern France where the International Aquafeed team got to see the very latest in Faivre equipment in action in situ at a collection of trout farms; which fits in very nicely with our species focus, trout and salmonids.
The strength of our edition continues right to our back cover this month, with our interview being with Brett Glencross, the Professor for Aquaculture Nutrition at the University of Stirling’s Institute of Aquaculture.
Finally I ask you to keep more articles coming our way for this is a great opportunity to address the issues and for organisations and individuals to share their knowledge base, networking and technical expertise to the wider readership.
The academic input, coupled with research centred features highlight so much progress and innovation within this industry. I look forward to the next issue in the summer and your continued reading whether on-line or with our quality printed format. I now have a seven-year span of magazine issues from 2009 and find it invaluable to my work and complementary to my research archives and textbooks.
Thank you for your continued support!!!
Professor Simon Davies
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