"Aquaculture, not the Internet, represents the most promising investment opportunity of the 21st Century."
- Peter Drucker, Management Expert & Economist
Skretting opens new aquaculture research centre
|Skretting Aquaculture Research Centre has officially opened its new Hezhoubei Research Station in the Guangdong Province. This new station becomes Skretting's main research facility for shrimp and Asian fish species.|
The station has been established to support the growing need for
sustainable feeds in Asia and is ideally positioned to contribute
towards the global growth of best-practice aquaculture production.
Driven by growing demand from Asia and Latin America, the global shrimp
feed market is expanding at a rate of approximately 5 per cent each year
(from an estimated 3.9 million tonnes in 2012). ARC China will use
Skretting's worldwide R&D knowledge to help shrimp farmers increase
their production in a more sustainable manner.
Speaking at the official launch ceremony, Dr. Alex Obach, Managing
Director of Skretting ARC said: "The opening of the Hezhoubei Research
Station is a very important milestone for ARC. This investment
demonstrates our considerable commitment to helping build a more
sustainable shrimp farming industry through world-class research and
Obach also paid tribute to Dr Eva Zhou, Manager of Skretting ARC China,
and her team for overseeing the construction of the research station,
both in terms of extensive upgrades to existing research facilities and
the building of new research laboratories.
"Eva's diligence and attention to detail has resulted in a
state-of-the-art research station, which will enable Skretting to
develop more high-performance aquafeeds that are proven to deliver
faster growth and improved feed efficiency to our customers throughout
Asia and beyond."
Occupying a land area of 20,000 square metres, the Hezhoubei Research
Station comprises indoor facilities for conducting trials on shrimp and
fish growth and nutrient digestibility. There are also outdoor tanks and
ponds for fish trials. In total, more than 250 experimental units
(tanks and cages) are available to run research trials with both shrimp
and fish in different environmental conditions.
The species currently targeted at ARC China include whiteleg shrimp,
Asian seabass, snakehead, yellow catfish and tilapia. The station will
conduct trials throughout the year and currently has a workforce of 18
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