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Headline News: January 2018

Swiss company to source organic shrimp from India
INDIA - The Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) has joined forces with Switzerland's Coop, a retail and wholesale business, to develop organic Black Tiger Shrimp (P. Mondodon) farming for the Swiss market. The organizations will enable the certification of a shrimp hatchery and a small-scale feed mill as part of the start-to-finish operation. The memorandum of understanding was signed during the India International Seafood Show, earlier this week.
Poisonous creeper yields breakthrough In Tiger Grouper Breeding
MALAYSIA - A yam known for containing a neurotoxin poisonous to various species of insects,and some unfortunate people, is proving to be an effective maturation treatment for tiger grouper (Epinephelus fuscoguttatus).
CMFRI develops breeding technology of Indian pompano (Trachinotus mookalee)
INDIA - The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) has successfully developed seed production technology of Indian pompano (Trachinotus mookalee), which has high commercial value both in domestic and international markets.This is the fifth of its kind achievement made by the CMFRI after the institute developed seed production technology of cobia, silver pompano, orange spotted grouper and pink ear emperor. Indian pompano (locally known as Avoli Vatta) is the most suitable species for cage culture considering its fast growth rate, easy adaptability to culture conditions, quick acceptance of artificial feed, good meat quality and high consumer preference.
Liposomes as nutrient delivery system under development
UNITED STATES - Researchers at Oregon State University are developing a new technology to deliver water-soluble nutrients to aquaculture-raised fish, oysters, clams and shrimp that will boost their growth rates and reduce the high rates of mortality that plague the industry.As much as 80 percent of hatchery-reared larval marine fish die in their early life stages and researchers aren’t exactly sure why, according to Chris Langdon, a professor of fisheries at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center and principal investigator on the project. One prevailing theory, he said, is that the critical water-soluble vitamins and amino acids rapidly leach from their tiny food pellets into the water.
Spiky Sea Cucumber Genome Decoded
REPUBLIC OF KOREA - The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries announced that Korean researchers have completed sequencing the genome of Japanese Spiky Sea Cucumber (Apostichopus japonicas) - a world first. Sea cucumber, often referred to as “ginseng of the sea”, has long been used as a traditional medicine since it is thought to have medicinal values.
Palau college hatchery delivers juvenile rabbitfish to Koror aqua farm
PALAU - More than 2,000 hatchery produced rabbitfish (Siganus lineatus) juveniles from Palau Community College’s multi-species hatchery at Ngermetengel, Ngeremlegui state were delivered to a newly established Aquapro Fish Farm in Koror on Jan. 11, 2018.The release of these fingerlings is an offshoot of the recently concluded Palau aquaculture workshop, which created a partnership between the Bureau of Marine Resources, the Nature Conservancy and PCC to promote community livelihood and food security through aquaculture development in the country.
Cyanotech Names Mawae Morton as Chief Executive Officer and a Member of the Board of Directors
HAWAII - Microalgae company, Cyanotech Corporation announced that its President, Mawae Morton, has been named as Chief Executive Officer and a Director of the company, effective January 24, 2018.
Dry grape extract as alternative for vitamin E in shrimp fee
TAIWAN - Researchers in Taiwan have found that dry grape extract is an antioxidant solution that can be used as an alternate for vitamin E in shrimp starter diets.Nor-Feed carried out the 8-week trial at the National Taiwan Ocean University to evaluate the effect of a supplementation with Nor-Grape 80 on the growth performances of the Pacific White shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei), at an early stage.