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Award for Middle Eastern RAS project

the Fish Site Editor
18 April 2017, at 1:00am

The AquaBioTech Group, has been awarded the Aquaculture Farm Innovation Award for their role in the development of recirculating aquaculture systems (RASs) in the Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Centre for Marine Research.

The Dubai-based awards recognize outstanding achievements of individuals, departments, teams or organisations that have contributed to the growth and development of the agricultural, aquaculture and veterinary industries of the Middle East, with a focus on best practice and innovation.

“We’re very proud to be awarded the Aquaculture Farm Innovation Award. The AgraME / AquaME / VetME Awards is a widely-recognised competition attracting the most dynamic aquaculture companies globally. This award give us the chance to showcase our achievements to the entire industry,” said Shane A Hunter, Technical Director of the AquaBioTech Group.

Samantha Bleasby, Exhibition Director of Informa Exhibitions, which organises the awards, said: “Congratulations to AquaBioTech Group and all the companies that have been selected, they play an important part in creating a stronger aquaculture industry in the Middle East.”

The RASs that are currently being developed by the Maltese firm are in line with the plans of the national authorities to fill in the gaps in the aquaculture sector. Therefore, they are investing in fingerling production to close the cycle of local species and creating a new generation of scientists and experts that will be able to resource the new aquaculture developments. These production facilities will allow further international research collaborations and partnerships with the private aquaculture sector and support the educational institutes, whilst attracting aquaculture talents from the rest of the world.

The newly developed system designs will also demonstrate the technological adaptation and successful development of a number of state-of-the-art RASs for local species in the harsh environmental conditions of the Gulf region, paving the way for future aquaculture operators. The systems developed by the AquaBioTech Group are all designed in collaboration with the experts of the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, taking into consideration their operational plans and needs, and incorporating the long-term development vision of the UAE to become a centre for excellence and innovation for marine and aquaculture research and development in the Middle East.