Norway: New name at Aquaculture Research Centre indicates dedication to Skretting – Fishupdate.com

Norway: New name at Aquaculture Research Centre indicates dedication to Skretting Published:  08 June, 2006

THE official name of the Aquaculture Research Centre (ARC) in Stavanger, Norway, is to change from Nutreco ARC to Skretting ARC. “Renaming the centre Skretting Aquaculture Research Centre makes it clear to everyone that we are one-hundred percent dedicated to supporting Skretting activities,” Viggo Halseth, managing director of the research centre explained. “Skretting is now the world-wide name for Nutreco’s fish feed activities and, following the divestment of Marine Harvest, we are concentrating on the Skretting businesses and their customers.”

To emphasise its dedication to the Skretting feed businesses, Skretting ARC is adopting the Skretting Vision ‘Feeding your passion for fish’.

The research centre is well known throughout the aquaculture world for its pioneering work in topics such as fish nutrition and feed formulation, including the search for alternatives to fish oil and fishmeal.

“We will continue our research into alternative raw materials,” Mr Halseth added.

“This work is increasingly important with rising fish oil and fishmeal prices. Gaining acceptance throughout the value chain for supplemented feeds is a crucial step in improving the sustainability of raw materials for fish feeds and Skretting ARC will play an active role in achieving this.”

Skretting ARC will expand its established range of feed-related activities, including topics such as feed quality assurance, the influence of feed on food safety and achieving optimum cost efficiency. It also will extend the range of species served.

“While maintaining our level of work with salmonids, we now can increase the attention and resources going into developing feed solutions for marine species, which is a rapidly expanding part of the market for Skretting,” Mr Halseth said.

In a typical example, Skretting ARC recently began a three-year collaborative project with the University of Bologna in Italy to investigate the nutritional needs of sea bass and sea bream. The project is being run in close cooperation with the Skretting businesses and is developing models to predict nutritional needs according to species and across a range of different conditions.

“Together with Skretting we will then develop specific feeds to better match these needs in protein and amino acid contents and in energy requirements,” Halseth said.

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