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Breeze, a revolutionary environmentally friendly system for fish health management

Breeze, a revolutionary environmentally friendly system for fish health management

BREEZE, a revolutionary environmentally friendly system for fish health management
The salmon farming industry is looking for new approaches and effective methods to improve the management of sea lice. Resistance build-up, increased awareness of animal welfare and minimum environmental impact are the main drivers for this demand. Regulatory authorities are considering restricting certain methods which would lead to a lack of viable methods for the prevention and control of sea lice at salmon farms. Salmon farming companies are therefore evolving their production methodologies to minimise their risk from these ubiquitous marine ectoparasites.   
Aqua Pharma Group is joining forces with different players, from research groups, a start-up and leading raw material suppliers, for the development of a revolutionary concept, code-named “BREEZE”. With the BREEZE concept, we will bring to the market a residue free prevention and control system for sea lice management. It combines: 
- the highest possible efficacy (overcoming current resistance issues)
- a minimum environmental impact (biological clean-up system)
- respect of fish welfare at all times
- and, an optimisation of economics for the fish farms
The initial market target is to combat sea lice issues in the salmon farming segments, followed by adaptations of the system to allow effective treatment of other fish health issues.   BREEZE, a revolutionary environmentally friendly system for fish health management
The salmon farming industry is looking for new approaches and effective methods to improve the management of sea lice. Resistance build-up, increased awareness of animal welfare and minimum environmental impact are the main drivers for this demand. Regulatory authorities are considering restricting certain methods which would lead to a lack of viable methods for the prevention and control of sea lice at salmon farms. Salmon farming companies are therefore evolving their production methodologies to minimise their risk from these ubiquitous marine ectoparasites.   
Aqua Pharma Group is joining forces with different players, from research groups, a start-up and leading raw material suppliers, for the development of a revolutionary concept, code-named “BREEZE”. With the BREEZE concept, we will bring to the market a residue free prevention and control system for sea lice management. The initial market target is to combat sea lice issues in the salmon farming segments, followed by adaptations of the system to allow effective treatment of other fish health issues.   

The new BREEZE concept will combine:
1. Pulcea technology to solve the tolerance of marine ectoparasites against H2O2 (efficiently targeting gravid females). BREEZE will enhance the sustainability of the existing H2O2 bath concept by a more responsible use of the resources (the dose could even be reduced to the optimal one for AGD, and lead to an interesting dual treatment).
2. A post-treatment biological clean-up method, which will neutralise H2O2. The mechanisms rely on the use of a natural occurring enzyme (catalase), which can neutralise H2O2 and does not pose any risk to human health. By speeding up the decomposition and minimising the residue in the sea, the environmental nature of the existing concept will be enhanced, while food safety is ensured.
3. Maximum fish welfare: the fish will not be stressed (no mechanics, no unnecessary handling), no toxic substances.
Consequently, BREEZE will help demonstrate the environmentally friendly and healthy, non-toxic production of farmed European seafood, which will further contribute to drive consumer demand for salmon and other aquaculture species in the future.

BREEZE offers a significantly better solution than any alternative on the market today: there are no commercially available solutions on the market today that are able to deliver an integrated approach to pest management with the highest possible efficacy and with minimum environmental impact. APG is best positioned to bring this product to the market as it is the market leader in H2O2 treatment (Paramove) and has access to all salmon producers in main salmon producing countries.

Project Lead

Mertens, (Hanne)
Role

Activity Leader

Contact details

hanne.mertens@aqua-pharma.com

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