Multinational feed group Skretting is investing $6.1m (£4.3m) in a new shrimp research facility in Ecuador to complement the Skretting Aquaculture Research Centre (ARC) network.
The Skretting ARC Guayas Research Station, will be located next to the group’s recently completed feed manufacturing plant in Ecuador. The new R&D facility, centrally coordinated by Skretting ARC in Norway, will comprise fully equipped laboratories and state-of-the art experimental units to carry out trials under controlled conditions. In addition, green-water tanks will ensure maximum applicability under production conditions.
Alex Obach, Skretting R&D Director said: “We are committed to supporting the growth of the shrimp industry globally. We also know the importance of optimal diets, combined with high post-larvae quality and professional farming practices. The development of solutions requires world-class R&D facilities, combined with local expertise.”
He added: “This new world-class shrimp research facility will drive our knowledge of shrimp nutrition in Skretting and deliver new solutions to improve shrimp performance: faster growth, shorter production cycles and higher survival rates.”