What’s an aquaculture innovation?

Examples include technologies that mitigate the occurrence of animal diseases or parasites, or that reduce or eliminate the use of antibiotics to treat animals; technologies that improve production efficiencies at the hatchery or farm levels while mitigating environmental impact; advances in offshore or land-based recirculation technologies; novel feed ingredients; reductions in carbon footprint through improved energy efficiency or regeneration; and social programs designed to improve living and working conditions at the farm or processing levels.

Who is eligible to apply?

Both individuals and companies performing activities related to aquaculture may submit applications. Third parties may also submit an application on behalf of an individual and company.

Who are the judges?

The competition is coordinated by GAA Standards Coordinator Dan Lee. The judges include Lee, GAA President George Chamberlain and GAA Standards Oversight Committee members Alejandro Buschmann of i-mar Research and the Development Center of Coastal Resources and Environments, Dawn Purchase of the Marine Conservation Society and Michael Tlusty of the University of Massachusetts-Boston.

What’s the prize?

Three finalists will be selected by the judges amongst the pool of applicants. The finalists will be invited to GAA’s GOAL 2019 conference at the Leela Palace in Chennai, India, from Oct. 21 to 24 to present their innovation during the Day 2 plenary. The finalists will be reimbursed for their economy-class flight and lodging (up to four nights), and their conference registration fee will be waived. Also, the finalists will be featured in GAA’s Global Aquaculture Advocate.

How do I apply?

The application deadline has passed. More than 40 applications were submitted, and judging is currently under way. Questions about the competition? Contact Dan Lee at dan.lee@aquaculturealliance.org or Steven Hedlund at steven.hedlund@aquaculturealliance.org.

Who are the previous recipients?

For the first time last year, the recipient was selected by the audience at GAA’s GOAL 2018 conference in Guayaquil, Ecuador. The three finalists were Osmo Systems, VakSea and MNL Group. Last year’s competition, which was sponsored by Skretting, drew a record 34 applications from 24 countries. Here are the previous six recipients:

2018

Recipient: Zach Stein, Osmo Systems, United States
Innovation: Osmobot is a water quality monitoring system that uses optical sensing technology to allow farmers to monitor their water quality online. The self-contained sensor system monitors water quality 24 hours a day, delivering results straight to farm managers’ smartphones. It doesn’t require any special expertise to operate, it self-calibrates, and according to the company it costs 90 percent less than any other automated monitoring systems currently on the market.
Sponsor: Skretting
Global Aquaculture Advocate article: Silicon Valley startup eyes U.S., Ecuador markets for water quality sensor ‘Osmobot’

Walt Rakitsky of TerraVia

2017

Recipient: Walt Rakitsky, Senior VP of Emerging Business, Corbion (formerly TerraVia), United States
Innovation: TerraVia’s AlgaPrime™ DHA aquaculture feed ingredient has been manufactured at a facility in Brazil since 2014, running off the steam generated by a sugarcane mill, as part of a joint venture with Bunge Oils. The microalgae is fermented, converting sugars into oils and other ingredients. Already being used by a farmed salmon producer in Chile, AlgaPrime is a perfect complement to traditional aquaculture feed ingredients that will enrich the fish’s omega-3 fatty acid levels.
Sponsor: Preferred Freezer Services
Global Aquaculture Advocate article: Aquafeed ingredient AlgaPrime wins GAA Innovation Award

Karen Pittman

2016

Recipient: Karin Pittman, Professor, University of Bergen, Norway
Innovation: Quantidoc’s mucosal mapping technology is the commercialization of Pittman’s fish biology research, which employs stereology to measure and better understand mucous on gill, gut and skin tissues — the first line of defense for fish. These tissues are crucial in the fight against aquatic diseases and parasites like sea lice, a major challenge for the salmon-farming industry. The application was submitted by Quantidoc CEO Ole Jacob Myre.
Sponsor: Preferred Freezer Services
Global Aquaculture Advocate article: Mucosal mapping architect wins aquaculture innovation award

2015

Recipient: Werner Jost, Director, Camanor Produtos Marinhos Ltda., Brazil
Innovation: Camanor’s AquaScience® technology and its high-density, land-based facility in Natal, Brazil, recycles water for multiple production cycles of Pacific white shrimp while preventing environmental degradation and the use of chemicals or antibiotics.
Sponsor: Preferred Freezer Services
Global Aquaculture Advocate article: High-density shrimp producer wins innovation award

Rodrigo Prado of Usonic

2014

Recipient: Rodrigo Prado, Director, USONIC Ltda., Chile
Innovation: USONIC’s innovation involves the use of ultrasound to control Chilean sea lice (Caligus rogercresseyi) infestations. In numerous trials, the company showed that the application of ultrasound underwater, directly in fish pens, has a lethal effect on juvenile stages of Caligus rogercresseyi. Concurrently, the application of ultrasound has no affect on salmon or marine mammals due to the low power and frequencies used—only 20 KHz per transmitter.
Sponsor: Preferred Freezer Services
GAA announcement: Chilean sea lice solution wins Global Aquaculture Innovation Award

Dr. Sagi accepts the award at GOAL 2013 in Paris, France.

2013

Recipient: Amir Sagi, Ph.D., Professor, Ben Gurion University, Israel
Innovation: Dr. Sagi’s innovation involves a novel biotechnology application to produce all-male populations of the giant freshwater prawn (Macrobrachium rosenbergii) through temporal RNA interference.
Sponsor: Novus International
Global Aquaculture Advocate article: Monosex culture of prawns through temporal androgenic gene silencing