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New ingredients in shrimp feed: sustainability and performance

6 May 2021, at 10:00am

A webinar looking at how the shrimp sector can become more sustainable through the use of novel feed ingredients took place on 11 May.

Organised by The Fish Site and InnovaFeed, the event covered ways to improve the sustainability of shrimp feeds – an outlay that can account for up to 80 percent of a farmer’s CO2 impact and over 60 percent of their costs.

The current scale-up of alternative feed ingredients might provide the shrimp industry with new ways to improve health, performance and sustainability. However, there are still challenges – in particular in terms of scalability, cost and relating to regulations – preventing the more widespread adoption of these new raw materials.

These opportunities and obstacles were the subject of a discussion among key shrimp feed - and ingredient - providers during the webinar.

Key topics

Maye Walraven, head of business development at InnovaFeed, discussed the results of recent trials which suggest that insect protein can improve both the growth and health status of farmed shrimp and also how the startup plans to scale-up to a meaningful production level.

Alexandre Bédier, technical sales manager at Nutrima, discussed how key customers, such as top-end monodon farmers in Madagascar, are adapting to demands from certification bodies to reduce the levels of marine ingredients in their feeds.

Olivier Decamp, group technical director at Grobest, talked about the process required to adopt a novel feed ingredient and the need for consistency in supply.

Alexandre Veille, a shrimp nutritionist at Gold Coin Group, highlighted the wide range of novel ingredients that he works with and will also discuss how to ascertain whether an ingredient is genuinely sustainable.

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Speaker biographies

Olivier Decamp has over 20 years’ experience in shrimp farming Asia and Americas. Before joining Grobest, he held different roles at INVE Aquaculture (Benchmark Group), covering R&D and product management. His earlier part of career was spent at The Natural History Museum (London), Japanese research laboratories and The Oceanic Institute (USA). At Grobest, leads the effort to develop and enhance the comprehensiveness and reliability of performance data, customer technical service, and the introduction of new, innovative service solutions, as well as driving technical training programmes for the Taiwanese company’s farming partners.

Alexandre Bédier is a native of Reunion Island and studied in Australia and France. He has worked on various R&D areas for tropical species – including sea cucumber nutrition, mud crab farming, penaeid shrimp farming and tropical fish nutrition. He is currently Nutrima’s technical-sales manager and is developing tailor-made feed ranges, suited to farmers’ objectives and conditions. He has a strong focus on feed that can achieve organic, ASC, Label Rouge and Global GAP certification.

Maye Walraven leads InnovaFeed's business development team, oversees the development of new products and sets up commercial partnerships to pioneer these products. After three years of product development and multiple trials in partnerships with independent research centres, InnovaFeed is launching a new product, NovaGain – made from black soldier fly larvae – which has demonstrated gains in shrimp growth performance of 20-30 percent.

Alexandre Veille obtained an MSc in international agro-development at ISTOM and in tropical animal nutrition in Montpellier SupAgro. He then worked with IFREMER and the French Polynesian Sea Estate division to develop feeds for Platax orbicularis (moon fish) and Litopenaeus stylirostris. After five years working with a French leader in seaweed-based solutions for sustainable aquaculture production, he joined Gold Coin, a pioneer in manufacturing scientifically-balanced animal feed in Asia, as their global shrimp nutritionist. He is now responsible for formulating efficient, yet sustainable, shrimp feeds.