Traceability Guide For US Seafood Supply Chain

A new implementation guide for applying traceability standards in the US seafood supply chain has been announced by the National Fisheries Institute (NFI) and GS1 US at the International Boston Seafood Show.
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Skretting new Video: Tracing the truth; New publication: How to feed 9 billion people

Hi everybody,

Have a look at the latest video of Skretting regarding their program Nutrace. Click on the link to see the video Skretting, tracing the truth

They published a document that incent us to think about the future of aquaculture in a globalized context. Click here to download the document: How can Aquaculture contribute to feeding 9 billion people in 2050 in a sustainable way?

Do not hesitate to post your comments!!

Cheers!

My Thanh Shrimp Association mobilized its members not to use Trifluralin

On 29th October 2010 My Thanh Shrimp Association held the QIII standing meeting to review the shrimp farming season in 2010 and plan for 2011. The meeting participant agreed not to use drug containing Trifuraline in shrimp farming.

Mr. Nguyen Van Nhiem, Chairman of Association asked its standing members for strengthening the mobilization for its members and shrimp farmers to raise their awareness about absolutely not using drugs containing Trifluralin to avoid damages caused by importers. Besides, in the future, the association will have many activities to better coordinate with the Shrimp Committee of VASEP to control the use of banned drugs, chemicals and antibiotics in aquaculture.

 

On 30th November 2010, My Thanh Shrimp Association organized a seminar with VASEP to reaffirm their will not to use Trifluralin in shrimp farming. My Thanh President and VASEP representative signed a MoU to collaborate on that issue.

During the seminar, key seafood exporters gave their vision of the development of the industry and remind to the 100 participants the importance of food safety for exporting food product. Qualasa Expertise was present and gave few words about the need for transparency in the value chain, transparency that encompass origin of inputs, but also history of the production and destination of the product.

 

New Software for Managing Shrimp Farms

 

Rui Ferreira, director of Longline Environment, Ltd., in the United Kingdom, reports that his company is in the final stages of developing POND, a Windows-based software program for managing shrimp farms.  Longline is also exploring the possibility of making POND web-based, so that it would be available to all computer operating systems, something that it has already done with its software for managing mollusk farms.

POND calculates the growth and production of penaeid shrimp during growout, taking into account farm layout, cost of seed, farming technology (species, stocking densities, growout period) and pond characteristics (water temperature, salinity, chlorophyll and dissolved oxygen), and then calculates the harvestable biomass.

What species does POND cover?

Pacific White Shrimp – Penaeus vannamei

Indian Shrimp – Penaeus indicus

Giant Tiger Prawn – Penaeus monodon (under development)

Outputs

POND analyzes all the data put in by the user and then outputs reports on production, environmental variables and pond mass balance.

The production analysis provides an overall picture of each pond by calculating the harvestable biomass, total feed and seed costs and estimated revenue/profit.  It determines the point during the growout cycle when the pond has reached its full harvestable biomass, then calculates the profitability for that pond—and the aggregate profitability for the entire farm.

The environmental analysis focuses on water quality and bottom sediments.  Outputs include predicted dissolved oxygen levels, chlorophyll and nutrient concentrations and bio-deposition.

The mass balance analysis aggregates data over the entire production cycle, producing a picture of what is happening across the farm.  The mass balance outputs show the feed used, feed consumed and shrimp production.  It also estimates the amount of sludge produced and reports on organic deposits, algal growth, and nitrogen regeneration and dissolution.

POND will also include a disease analysis component that calculates the likelihood of a disease outbreak based on what’s going on in the ponds.  That component provides an early warning system for conditions that are known to increase the likelihood of disease.

How Much Does Pond Cost?

Pricing is based on the number and type of licensing you choose.  POND is available as a single use license or a concurrent use license.  A single use license allows for the software to be used on one system.  A concurrent use license allows multiple users to operate the software concurrently through a shared pool of licenses.

You can download a demo version of POND at http://www.pondscale.com.

Source: Shrimp News

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