Functional Feed Additives Institute Mexico; towards sustainable aquaculture systems through Functional Feed Additives
Prospects for Fisheries and Aquaculture
'Feeding an expected global population of 9 billion by 2050 is a daunting challenge that is engaging researchers, technical experts, and leaders the world over’.
Seafood can play a major role in satisfying the palates of the world’s growing middle-income group while also meeting the food security needs of the poorest. [FISH TO 2030]
Development of aquaculture and beyond
Aquaculture has grown at an impressive rate over the past decades. It has helped to produce more food, kept the overall price of seafood down, and made seafood more accessible to consumers around the world.
During the last three decades, world aquaculture production increased from 5 million to 63 million tons (FishStat).
That’s why greater investment is needed in the industry for new and safer technologies, their adaptation to local conditions, and their adoption in appropriate settings.
MatureDevelopment invests in the aquaculture industry - for new and safer technologies, their adaptation to local conditions, and their adoption in appropriate settings.
Aquaculture is the fastest‐growing animal production sector, and shrimp production already exceeds that of the capture fishery.
Viruses and bacteria account for the majority of disease losses for shrimp farmers. Viral pandemics in the mid 1990s and, more recently, a bacterial pandemic from 2009 to 2015 have led to the conclusion that future, sustainable shrimp aquaculture will depend on the development of more efficient, bio secure production facilities that cultivate specific pathogen‐free shrimp, genetically improved for growth and disease tolerance or resistance.
Major requirements for development, maintenance, and use of stocks in aquaculture are effective pathogen surveillance and disease prevention methods.
When protective measures fail and diseases occur in production ponds, there are currently only a few approved and practical therapeutic methods available for use with bacterial pathogens and none so far for viral pathogens. To improve existing methods of prevention and therapy and to develop new ones, research is being carried out on the nature of shrimp–pathogen interactions.
Promising results have been obtained at the laboratory level for possible applications involving the use of immunostimulants for "immune priming" or "trained immunity" of RNA interference and of endogenous viral elements.
Supplying seafood sustainably-producing without damaging the precious aquatic environment-is a huge challenge.
We continue to see excessive and irresponsible operations in aquaculture.
Disease outbreaks, among other things, have heavily impacted production, recently with Early Mortality Syndrome (EMS) in shrimp in Asia and America.
In common and classic seafood aquaculture, species, water quality, nutrition and diseases are important parameters for business governance.
In our experience and vision the enormous and increasing global demand for seafood (proteins), human food, pushes the farming companies to and over the edges of the ecosystems.
Without system control approaches, the business is extreme vulnerable for failures. Without extending the governance to society system even business and society is extreme vulnerable for 'failures’.
In the global shrimp farming industry diseases are creating major risks for company performance, food security and environment.
New and safer technologies
FAO - World Bank report: ...greater investment is needed in the industry for new and safer technologies...
Our investment is based on Functional Feed Additives in farm practices, testing synbiotics in feed; controlling health, reducing diseases.
Think of: The Early Mortality Syndrome (EMS) was first seen in China in 2009, before it spread to Vietnam in 2010, Malaysia and Northern Borneo in 2011 and Thailand in 2012. In 2013, EMS was reported for the first-time outside Asia, showing up in Mexico - due to imports of infected live shrimps from Asia.
Probiotic: A preparation of or a product containing viable, defined microorganisms in sufficient numbers, which alter the microflora (by implantation or colonization) in a compartment of the host and by that exert beneficial health effects in this host.
Prebiotic: A non-digestible food ingredient that beneficially affects the host by selectively stimulating the growth and/or activity of one or a limited number of bacteria in the colon.
Synbiotic: When a product contains both probiotics and prebiotics.
Is strengthening health and improving survival rate through.
Strengthening shrimp health.
Biodiversity – microbiome.
Improving survival rate through nutrition.
Increasing the biodiversity in gastric microbiome.
Through Functional Feed Additives (FFA).
Probiotics & Prebiotics (Synbiotics).
Focus on Prebiotics.
MatureDevelopment FFA Institute
Realised, synbiotic FFA pilots for the aquaculture feed industry in an industrial shrimp farm at the Pacific Coast of Mexico.
Is continuing these pilots with innovative new series.
Will optimise the probiotic, prebiotic & synbiotic FFA pilots in industrial shrimp farm to improve industries innovative and sustainable strategies in aquaculture.
Offers prebiotic feed industry tests and pilots of the prebiotics.
Offers international students Bachelor and Master level experience in innovative feed for aquaculture.
Demonstrates that the feed industry is innovative and sustainable.