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Skretting launches new shrimp feed

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Skretting's latest shrimp feed, Elevia, is a stable micro diet that is said to improve larval performance in hatcheries while simplifying feed management and enabling a cleaner system.

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Post larvae shrimp in a hatchery

Skretting claims its new shrimp feed, Elevia, enables shrimp to develop into strong and healthy post larvae with increased capacity to thrive in nursery environments © Shutterstock

Formulated to mimic the natural feeding approach of shrimp larvae, Elevia is a next generation solution that, according to Skretting, surpasses conventional feeding methods and traditional aquafeed ingredients, and sets a new standard for hatchery performance.

Incorporating new sustainable raw materials, such as essential long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, algae-derived DHA and hydrolysed marine proteins, the company claims it enables shrimp to develop into strong and healthy post larvae with increased capacity to thrive in nursery environments.

“Elevia reduces the production cycles in hatcheries and provides shrimp with the necessary energetic reserve to improve resilience for the transport to the farm and acclimatation,” said Marita Montserrate, technical director at Skretting Ecuador in a press release. “In addition, Elevia ensures better performance in nursery, reduces the cost of the post larvae and promotes increased survival and growth throughout the entire production cycle.”

According to Skretting, Elevia improves the ability of shrimp to handle challenges by providing them with nutrients that improve their immune system and overall resilience. This enables the shrimp to cope more effectively with stressful environmental changes. As a result, shrimp production becomes more reliable and successful, reducing the risks associated with variations in water conditions and other factors.

The company claims that through Elevia's advanced formulation, physical properties and colour, the need for multiple diets and flakes is significantly reduced, resulting in simplified operations and feed management. According to Skretting, another key feature that contributes to streamlining operations is the diet's ability to maintain water stability. Thanks to its unique composition and encapsulation of omega-3 fatty acids, the leaching of lipids into the production system is prevented, ensuring cleaner and uncompromised water quality. Consequently, intact feed particles remain stable for extended periods, minimising the necessity for frequent replacements, which, the company claims, not only promotes optimal water conditions but also facilitates essential system maintenance, all while alleviating the strain on bio- and mechanical-filters.

Elevia is produced in Skretting’s LifeStart facility in France, and is currently available in Ecuador, with other markets to follow.

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