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Big interest in new feed

NORWAY - A new shrimp larvae feed is making waves in the aquaculture feed business.

Norwegian feed company Blue Limit, a spin-off from Nofima (formerly Fiskeriforsning), launched the ingredient at VICTAM Asia 2008 in Bangkok, this week.

The new feed, Brilliant Blue, generated significant interest from both shrimp larvae producers and feed producers.
Nofima has been working for many years on R & D of feed, including for shrimp larvae.

Replacing crustaceans

In shrimp farming, the fry are fed live feed after hatching, initially algae. Later, they are fed a mixture of algae and artemia - a crustacean that is common to use for marine larvae.

"The company intends to replace artemia in shrimp hatcheries and where ever else our feed can be useful," says Anders Aksnes, Managing Director of Blue Limit and Senior Scientist at Nofima (formerly Fiskeriforskning).

"Brilliant Blue clearly has a place in the early stage shrimp larvae feed arena as a specially formulated early stage shrimp larvae supplement feed."

Unique properties

Shrimp larvae which have received the new feed thrive, and the feed does not absorb and does not foul the water.

Together with the studies on survival, growth, leakage and dispersion, these results show that Brilliant Blue has unique properties.

Blue Limit, is funded by Sarsia Seed AS and Innovation Norway.