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Free News, July 7, 2006
Swimming in Circles
Aquaculture and the End of the Wild
After pulling his first small bluegill from a farm pond, Paul Molyneaux knew he wanted to become a commercial fisherman. He eventually did become a commercial fisherman and toiled at the job for twenty-five years, before going back to school to become a writer. His first book, The Doryman's Reflection: A Fisherman's Life, tells his story of trying to make it as a commercial fisherman. In one of his best chapters, Poets and Warriors, Molyneaux begins an analysis of USA fishery management practices that will be continued in his next book, Swimming in Circles--Aquaculture and the End of the Wild (scheduled for publication in early 2007), which will look at the future of the fisheries and aquaculture. Molyneaux hopes to help aquaculturists avoid the pitfalls that have encumbered the commercial fisheries for the past thirty-five years. He uses salmon farming in Maine and shrimp farming in Mexico as the backdrop for most of his discussion on aquaculture.
Molyneaux said about a third of the new book is about shrimp farming, a third about salmon farming and a third about the past and future of fisheries and aquaculture management.
Here are some of the chapter titles:
Endless Naked Shrimp
The Aqua Boom
The Great Escape (about escapes of shrimp and salmon)
Globalization of the Ocean
Ecological Economics, A Balancing Act
Publisher: Thunder's Mouth Press [an imprint of Avalon, Publishing Group, Inc.], 245 West 17th Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10011 USA.
Information: Paul Molyneaux, P.O. Box 41, Whiting, ME 04691 USA (phone 207-255-0036, email firstname.lastname@example.org).
Sources: 1. Telephone conversation with Paul Molyneaux on June 26, 2006. 2. World Shrimp Farming 2005. Author's Next Book Covers Shrimp Farming. Shrimp Farming International (San Diego, California, USA). Number 18, Page 51, October 2005.
Brine Shrimp Cysts
ShoreLine Aquaculture, a supplier of Artemia cysts and shrimp hatchery feeds, emailed the following announcement to over 80 people, most of them with email extensions of ".org", ".edu" and ".gov", many of them in Australia and the United States.
In the announcement, Jack Ding, representing ShoreLine Aquaculture, said: We provide a wide range of shrimp hatchery feeds. We have agents in Southeast Asia, the Czech Republic, Sweden, Denmark and South Africa. We invite you to visit our factory. We'll pick you up at the Beijing Airport and pay all your expenses while you're in China. If you have any questions, please contact us through our webpage: http://www.shorelinelife.com.
Shoreline Aquaculture ships Artemia cysts (brine shrimp eggs) in 425-gram, vacuum-packed cans, impurities less than 1%, with 12 cans to a carton, CNF (cost and freight) to your port.
• Bohai Bay Artemia cysts: 90-95% hatch rate, less than 7% moisture, nauplii production of 240,000-270,000 per gram, $115/carton.
• Bohai Bay Artemia cysts: 85-90%% hatch rate, moisture less than 9%, nauplii production of 220,000-250,000 per gram, $105/carton.
• Bohai Bay Artemia cysts: 80-85% hatch rate, moisture less than 12%, nauplii production of 210,000-240,000 per gram, $95/carton.
• Russia Artemia cysts: 90% plus hatch rate, moisture less than 8%, nauplii production of 220,000-250,000 per gram, $65/carton.
• China Western Salt Lake Artemia cysts: 90% plus hatch rate, moisture less than 12%, nauplii production of 200,000-230,000 per gram, $70/carton.
• Artemia flakes: 5-kilo plastic buckets, $5.70 a kilo.
• Spirulina flakes: 5-kilo plastic buckets, $5.60 a kilo.
• Spirulina powder: 5-kilo plastic buckets, $8.3 a kilo.
• Decapsulated Artemia cysts (shell-free): 425-gram, vacuum-packed cans with 12 cans to a carton, $5.80 a kilo.
Information: Jack Ding, Bohai Sea Co., Ltd., No. 13 Central Street, Shandong Province 251900, China (phone 86-543-6384337, fax 86-543-6329537, email email@example.com, webpage http://www.shorelinelife.com).
Source: Email to Shrimp News International from ShoreLine Aquaculture. Subject: Artemia Cysts. June 29, 2006.
Industry Wants Penaeus vannamei
Bacolod City, Negros Island Occidental...On June 23, 2006, at the conclusion of the 5th National Shrimp Congress, Roberto Gatuslao, president of PHILSHRIMP, an organization of shrimp farmers, called for the lifting of the ban on the breeding and farming of Penaeus vannamei.
Source: The Visayan Daily Star. Lifting of breeding ban on white shrimp sought (http://www.visayandailystar.com/2006/June/24/topstory8.htm). June 24, 2006.
The Switch to Penaeus vannamei
In 2000, following successful production trials with specific pathogen free (SPF) Penaeus vannamei, a white shrimp native to the Pacific Coast of Central and South America, Thai shrimp farmers rapidly switched to farming P. vannamei using domesticated SPF stocks imported from the USA. By 2004, a near complete conversion from tiger (P. monodon) to white shrimp had occurred. Annual production with vannamei grew from zero in 2000 to over 300,000 metric tons in 2005, making Thailand the world's leading vannamei producer. Stocking SPF and Taura resistant shrimp, some progressive Thai farmers produce 20-30 metric tons per hectare per crop. The driving force for the change from monodon to vannamei was the combination of increased profits and reduced disease risks. Crop value with vannamei is two to three times greater than with monodon and disease episodes are greatly reduced.
The key factor for Thailand's success with vannamei was the import of broodstock from certified USA suppliers. According to Thailand's Department of Fisheries, High Health Aquaculture is the number one supplier of SPF broodstock to Thailand.
Information: Dr. James Wyban, High Health Aquaculture, Inc., P.O. Box 1095 Kurtistown, HI 96760 USA (phone 808-982-9163, fax 808-982-9163, email firstname.lastname@example.org, webpage www.hihealthshrimp.com).
Source: Abstract: Thailand's Success Farming P. vannamei. Philippines Fifth Shrimp Conference (June 2006, Bacolod, the Philippines). Jim Wyban, Ph.D., High Health Aquaculture, Inc., Kona Hawaii USA.
On March 15, 2006, Aqua Bounty Technologies, Inc., which sells therapeutics, diagnostic tools and health management products to shrimp farmers, announced that it had successfully raised more than $30 million through a stock offering. On March 20, 2006, the shares began trading under the symbol "ABTX" on the Alternative Investments Market (AIM), a submarket of the London Stock Exchange, which allows smaller companies to float shares within a less demanding regulatory environment.
Aqua Bounty also produces fast growing strains of fish.
A webpage in the United Kingdom made these comments on Aqua Bounty's 2005 annual report: Newly listed Aqua Bounty Technologies, Inc., revealed widening annual losses, but said it expects to meet its financial projections for 2006. As costs climbed in 2005, Aqua Bounty's net loss widened to $7.5 million from a loss of $3.1 million the previous year. Revenues rose to $1.3 million from $983,200.
On June 30, 2006, representing Aqua Bounty, The Bell Pottinger Group (the largest public relations group in the United Kingdom) commented on the company's 2005 results:
• Commercial introduction of ABT's first product, Shrimp IMS, in Mexico
• Approval of Shrimp IMS in Ecuador
• Contracts signed with Farmaceutica Recalcine (Santiago, Chile) to develop salmon vaccines and "SybrSalmon" disease diagnostic tools
2006 First Half Highlights
• Successful completion of initial public offering
• Strengthened ABT Board through appointments of Richard Clothier, former Chief Executive of Dalgety, PLC, as Chairman; and Richard Huber, former CEO of Aetna Insurance, as a new board member
• Hired Dr. Ron Stotish, formerly a senior executive at Wyeth and American Cyanamid, as VP of Regulatory Affairs, with the mission to register Shrimp IMS in target countries
• Hired marketing staff for commercialization of Shrimp IMS in Latin America
• Won a tender from the Government of Vietnam to supply SybrShrimp Diagnostic Kits to government laboratories
• Initiated shipments of IMS to distributor in Ecuador
Commenting on the results, Elliot Entis, Aqua Bounty's CEO, noted that the past year was one of obtaining capital and building the infrastructure necessary to commercialize and properly support the company's initial products. "We were pleased with the interest from the high-quality investors that supported our listing on AIM. We are now actively working towards commercialization of our health and productivity line of products in Latin America--and across Asia, in 2007."
Information: Alexandra Walton or Dan de Belder, The Bell Pottinger Group, 6th. Floor, Holborn Gate 330, High Holborn, London WC1V 7QD (phone 44-020-7861-3868, fax 44-020-7861-3233, email email@example.com, webpage www.bpcf.co.uk).
Information: Elliot Entis or Joseph McGonigle, Aqua Bounty Technologies, Inc., 935 Main Street, Waltham, MA 02451 USA (phone 1-781-899-7755).
Information: A free copy of Aqua Bounty's 2005 Annual Report is available from Joseph Hernon, Chief Financial Officer, Aqua Bounty Technologies, 935 Main Street, Waltham, MA 02451 USA (phone 781-899-7755, email firstname.lastname@example.org).
Sources: 1. Life Style Extra. Aqua Bounty annual losses widen; see meeting 2006 targets (http://www.lse.co.uk/FinanceNews.asp?shareprice=&ArticleRef=10973&ArticleHeadline=Aqua_Bounty_annual_losses_widen_see_meeting_2006_targets). Amy Brown (email@example.com). June 30, 2006. 2. Email from Alexandra Walton, The Bell Pottinger Group, Bell Pottinger Corporate and Financial. News Release: Aqua Bounty Technologies ("Aqua Bounty", "ABT" or the "Company")/Final results for the year ending December 31, 2005. June 30, 2006.