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Update on Novacq TM

April 19, 2017


In early April 2017, there was a discussion on The Shrimp List, a mailing list for the shrimp farming industry, about a revolutionary new shrimp feed ingredient, called “Novacq”.  Click here to read that story.


Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) developed Novacq over a 12-year period and is currently working with Ridley Corporation, a feed company in Australia, to produce and distribute it around the world.


In August 2016, at a conference in Canberra, Australia, the team that helped develop Novacq presented a paper on Novacq’s history.  Here are some excerpts from that paper:


The technology uses natural marine microbial processes to bio-convert plant wastes, such as bagasse or rice straw, into a bioactive product—Novacq—that improves the growth and health of farmed shrimp and eliminates the need for any wild harvest fishmeal in shrimp feeds.  The technology is patented and in full-scale commercial production by several licensees in a number of countries.


The Novacq technology is adaptable everywhere shrimp farming occurs, including developing countries.  CSIRO’s aim is to facilitate the distribution of Novacq throughout the world through its current licensing partners in Australia, China and Vietnam.  Those partners can produce and sell Novacq exclusively in their respective territories.  Ridley has multiple production and distribution territories including Australia, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines.


The CSIRO process uses commonly used equipment and facilities.  It starts with carbon-rich, solid or liquid wastes, adds some specific micronutrients and a source of nitrogen.  Converting these ingredients into Novacq requires low-cost systems that are adaptable all around the world.


Source: Proceedings of the Crawford Fund 2016 Annual Conference (Canberra, Australia, August 29-30, 2016).  Editor: A. Milligan.  From Plant Wastes to Sustainable Aquafeeds: the NovacqTM Case History (Page 100).  Cedric Simon, Nigel Preston and Andrew Chalmers.  August 2016.

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