A key pillar of GAIN

By Bela H. Buck

Alfred Wegener was a famous German polar researcher, and the scientist who first proposed the theory of continental drift.

The Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), a centre within the institute that bears his name, continues this tradition of top-class science.

In November 2018, GAIN partner AWI travelled to Brazil as part of the GAIN project and met with colleagues from the Federal University of Rio Grande (FURG) to jointly identify innovative fields of research in the field of aquaculture feed. Another meeting will take place in 2019 in Bremerhaven, Germany.

Afterwards, a short stop-over was planned at the Private University EAFIT in Medellin in Colombia, where the main focus was on whether the results from GAIN could be part of the aquaculture training taking place there. There will also be another meeting in Germany in 2019. The interest in GAIN was clear and the wish to cooperate as well.

The reconstruction measures of the recirculation systems are starting in order to adapt them to the requirements of the GAIN objectives. These include the candidate fish species turbot and sea bream. The experiments can begin after the end of the testing trials and the re-inoculation of the biofilters during the running-in phases. In March AWI will continue the first work block until around September 2019.

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GHOTI

By Joao G. Ferreira

The ‘word’ GHOTI was apparently coined in 1855. When I was a child, my father told me about it—he thought it was invented by George Bernard Shaw.

This pseudo-word is designed to illustrate the foolishness of English spellings: Tough gives you the F, Women provides the I, and Station the SH. Put it all together, you get a FISH.

Every two years, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, or FAO, releases a report called SOFIA. That stands for State of Fisheries and Aquaculture. The latest one came out in August 2018.

SOFIA tells us that farmed fish production now clearly surpasses wild catch—that’s a good thing—the best way to conserve wild fish is not to fish them.

We’re moving into a whole new era of precision farming, and GAIN is at the forefront of it.

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Good fish for the future

By Joao G. Ferreira

In 2018, a group of people from Europe, Canada, the US, and China came together with one purpose: to find ways to provide more and better fish for the coming generations.

My name is Joao G. Ferreira, and it is my pleasure to introduce you to the team that is developing GAIN. The chefs, scientists, and managers involved in GAIN will regularly be writing short pieces here, where we will share many exciting developments with you—welcome to the blue ocean millennium.

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