Congratulations to TerraVia and Bunge Oils for their AlgaPrime™ DHA aquaculture feed ingredient, recipient of the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s fifth annual Global Aquaculture Innovation Award, sponsored by Preferred Freezer Services.

The 2017 award recipient receives an all-expenses paid trip (including registration, flight and hotel) to GAA’s GOAL 2017 conference in Dublin, Ireland, from Oct. 3 to 6, 2017 as well as the opportunity to present at GOAL 2017 and be featured in the Global Aquaculture Advocate.

GAA will begin accepting applications for the 2018 competition in early 2018. Both individuals and companies performing activities related to aquaculture as well as third parties may submit applications for consideration.

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 technology; 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. Here are the 2013 to 2016 award recipients:

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 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

Constanza Alvial and George Chamberlain

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

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