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A promising start for new AGD-tackling technology

Atlantic Salmon Health Technology & equipment +5 more

A new technology that is designed to kill Neoparamoeba perurans, the parasite which causes amoebic gill disease (AGD) in Atlantic salmon, has been successfully trialled in vitro.

AGD, which is caused by Neoparamoeba perurans, has been a growing issue in many salmon farming regions, including Scotland and Tasmania

So announced NaturalShrimp, after it commissioned the trials at the CSIRO Agriculture and Food’s Aquaculture Research Team in Tasmania, Australia.

According to Natural Shrimp, with Phase-I efficacy completed, CSIRO has already received ethics approval for starting Phase-II, which will focus on fish welfare during the experimental treatment.

NaturalShrimp is funding the research through its market development partnership with Hydrenesis, the Florida-based exclusive commercialisation agent for the AGD technology in the aquaculture market.

Hydrenesis’ chairman, Bob Watson, explained that: “AGD is costing the salmon industry tens of millions of dollars a year and we are eagerly working with CSIRO and NaturalShrimp to complete testing and begin commercializing this technology.”

NaturalShrimp’s CEO, Gerald Easterling, added: “We are positioning NaturalShrimp to be the leading provider of technology solutions in the fish farming business and we believe that this AGD technology from Hydrenesis is going to be a game changer for the salmon industry.”