February 13, 2024
BioMar inaugurates new hatchery-R&D facility in Denmark
A new wing dedicated to research and development in the hatchery segment has been added to BioMar's Aquaculture Technology Centre at Hirtshals, Vendsyssel, Denmark.
The LARVIVA Hatchery Hub trial facility was officially opened by BioMar's chief executive officer Carlos Diaz.
"We have a solid and fast-growing share in the hatchery segment, but we still see untapped potential as the segment continues to evolve," Diaz said at the opening.
In recent years, the hatchery sector has seen consolidation with larger units and standardisation of protocols, as well as the introduction of new species with unique feeding behaviour.
"This facility is a dream come true for our Global Hatchery Team. Our goal is to ease production, reduce costs and provide stronger larvae," said global hatchery product manager Joana Amaral. "We have successfully reduced the need for rotifers and artemia with early co-feeding and this new LARVIVA Hatchery Hub will enable us to continue to develop both diets and feeding protocols."
High performance hatchery feeds are essential for creating strong and healthy fish and shrimp early in life as this leads to better survival rates and a more robust animal.
"The new facility is very advanced and versatile. It enables us to do trials with a very high degree of control over all production parameters," explained Simon Wadsworth, global R&D director of BioMar Group. "We can simulate conditions that our customers experience in different hatcheries around the world and do trials with both marine and freshwater larvae."
BioMar's LARVIVA hatchery feeds were first introduced in 2008 and are sold worldwide to both fish and shrimp species.