Attendees catch new business after OMC 2017

Attendees catch new business Attendees catch new business

The 7th Offshore Mariculture Conference took place from 6-10 March this year. We caught up with some of our speakers and sponsors from this year’s conference to see what changes are in store for them.

Catalina Offshore Products to launch canned tuna brand
Dave Rudie of Catalina OP, originally a sea urchin wholesaler who built a company providing customers with high quality, sushi grade seafood, spoke to attendees at the Offshore Mariculture Conference about the importance of locally sourced sustainable seafood.

Dave’s dedication to the sustainability of the seafood he offers led him to investigate canning as an option to ensure precious resources, such as tuna, are more sustainably managed. Catalina will be taking hook-and-line wild-caught US Eastern Pacific bigeye and yellowfin from catch to can, offering Choice Solid Pack Tuna in Olive Oil and Choice Smoked Solid Pack Tuna in Olive Oil.Catalina Offshore Products to launch canned tuna brand

Refamed unveil new feedboat
Pioneers for over 35 years, Italian based company Refamed, who focus on design and development for offshore cage culture projects have unveiled a new sea-worthy, robust, unsinkable polyethylene feedboat, ideal for use at offshore fish farms.
This vessel has been designed to optimise the distribution of pelleted feeds with minimal handling and to stand up to the rigorous demands from the off-shore cage fish farming activities. It also provides a versatile vessel for diver support, facility inspection, maintenance, harvest assistance and the transfer of equipment and personnel.

The vessel boasts a high bow with pronounced “V” shaped hull at fore side, flattening out towards stern, for increased performance and stability. A steering cabin located at the stern, equipped with large glass windows, offers excellent visibility for navigation and control of fish feed operations.

Multiple sustainability certifications for Open Blue Cobia
Open Blue is a company committed to excellence, focussing on delivering the freshest, highest quality products to customers. A pioneer and world leader in raising fish in the Open Ocean, it is the single largest supplier of fresh Cobia to the US and Europe. Open Blue Cobia are raised 8 miles offshore, in their native waters with high energy currents, far away from sensitive ecosystems. Their fish never see the same water twice and have plenty of room to grow in large, stress-free, open ocean enclosures.

The result of a decade of cutting-edge research on deep ocean aquaculture is a revolution in the way fish are responsibly raised, from egg to plate. Alongside audits conducted by an internationally recognised auditing firm, for Global Gap, Three Star Best Aquaculture Practice and Friend of the Sea, Open Blue have recently achieved the British Retail Consortium (BRC) certification. These certifications require strict adherence to the world’s highest quality standards for sustainable farming practices and food safety excellence. This represents a significant step forward for Open Blue and for certification alignment within the aquaculture sector.

BioMar acquire high-end shrimp feed producer
BioMar, gold sponsor of Offshore Mariculture 2017, felt that “the people attending the event were all very relevant to the industry and seemed very serious in doing business, therefore the communication was very targeted and the networking had positive results.”

Since the conference, as part of the company’s expansion strategy BioMar Group have taken a solid step into the shrimp feed market by acquiring 70% of the Ecuadorian shrimp feed producer Alimentsa. The acquisition will position BioMar among the leading shrimp feed producers in Latin America creating synergies toward existing business.

“It is our ambition to become a major player within high-end shrimp feed. With the acquisition of Alimentsa we can immediately deliver an attractive value proposition to the shrimp farmers in Latin America and we believe that we can develop new product solutions based upon shared interest in innovation, cooperation, sustainability and performance.” Explained Carlos Diaz, CEO, BioMar Group.

Stay tuned for more information about the 2018 Offshore Mariculture Conference. If you would like to suggest a topic for the programme, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Call +441329 825335, or email