Hatcheries

General

Hatcheries are a complex part of aquaculture and their design and operation is possibly the most difficult part of the aquaculture process. Carefully thought and consideration must be placed in designing any new hatchery so as to ensure that an efficient and continuous production of fry is achieved.

 

The AquaBioTech Group offers a number of hatchery solutions ranging from small and medium-scale units through to fullscale commercial hatcheries.

 

These designs include some of the very latest technologies that allow for complete recirculation of the culture water.  Hatchery projects are undertaken for a wide range of species from salmon and trout, through to Asian seabass and shrimp.  An example of the designs and technology we offer can be viewed at ABT Innovia, the AquaBioTech Group`s research & development facility which also hosts a small-scale, fully functional fish and shrimp hatchery with live-feed production.

Troubleshooting

Whilst the undertaking of regular efficiency audits by external consultants is considered the prefered option for any operation thus ensuring problems are minimised, all to often businesses are only reactive to problems.

 

When problems do arise at hatcheries, the AquaBioTech Group`s extensive team of senior consultants within its staff are not only highly experienced, but also have access to the very latest research and development via the AquaBioTech Group`s own research, development and training facility where we operate a full fish and shrimp hatchery. Combining these factors together we offer one of the most advanced independent consulting and response units in aquaculture.

 

The perspective and knowledge that our independent consultants bring to any project or operation is considerable and designed to bring the maximum benefits to our clients in the shortest possible time frame.

 

Developing any new aquaculture project can be daunting, even for persons with existing business experience. The AquaBioTech Group is very experienced in working with entities wishing to invest in or create new aquaculture operations or take over existing aquaculture businesses.

 

Our staff with practical experience in all aspects of aquaculture ventures work alongside banking groups, financial houses and private investors so as to ensure that all aspects of the project are covered.

 

We provided long-term support and management assistance to clients with the aim of minimising external assistance through the creation of effective management procedures.

Technologies

In designing or upgrading any hatchery operation, the selection of the correct technologies is essential for ensuring success. Depending upon where the hatchery is located and on other economic circumstances, such as the cost of labour, all these factors have an impact upon the final design of the facility and the level of technology investment required.

 

The AquaBioTech Group is able to independently assist clients in all aspects of facility design and technology selection, including the undertaking of economic assessments into the level of capital expenditure for automation required.

Shrimp Hatcheries

The AquaBioTech Group offers a number of hatchery solutions ranging from small and medium-scale units through to fullscale commercial hatcheries. These designs include some of the very latest technologies that allow for complete recirculation of the culture water. An example of this technology can be seen at ABT Innovia, the AquaBioTech`s research & development facility which also hosts a fully functional fish and shrimp hatchery.

 

A number of shrimp species are covered by the company including : 

L. vannamei
P. semisulcatus
P. monodon
M. japonicus

Live Feed

Live feed production, be it Rotifers, copepods or Artemia, are the fundamental basis of any hatchery feeding regime, but ensuring continuity and quality of this production is anything but easy.

 

The AquaBioTech Group is able to assist clients in preparing production protocols and strategies for continuous and batch culture of rotifers, as well as technically and practically supporting existing operations with site audits.

Fish Hatcheries

The AquaBioTech Group offers a number of hatchery solutions ranging from small and medium-scale units through to fullscale commercial hatcheries.  These designs include some of the very latest technologies that allow for complete recirculation of the culture water.  An example of this technology can be seen at ABT Innovia, the AquaBioTech`s research & development facility which also hosts a fully functional fish and shrimp hatchery.

 

A large number of fish species are covered by the company:

 

Seawater Species

 

Freshwater Species

 

Shellfish

 

Broodstock

Broodstock control and management is a difficult, yet essential part of any hatchery operation.  Ensuring that the broodstock deliver the quantity and quality of eggs required at the right time involves considerable planning and understanding of broodstock nutritional requirements and environmental control.  Broodstock selection is also another area of work that is becoming increasingly important as genetic mapping allows for a high degree of selective breeding to be undertaken.

 

The AquaBioTech Group is able to assist clients in ensuring that their broodstock are managed properly with adequate nutrition and environmental control. Selective breeding programmes are also possible for a variety of species of fish.