Aquaculture Technology Management

Sound management is a fundamental prerequisite for any successful endeavor. Yet, as the size and complexity an enterprise increases, it becomes a challenge to maintain proficiency in all areas. Managers are faced with a judgment about where best to invest limited core resources and where to seek assistance from specialists.

Most aquaculture businesses are production oriented with emphasis placed on the largest expenses-typically, hatchery, ponds, processing plants, feed mills, and General and Administrative expenses. While economies of integration may force them to participate in disease control and breeding sectors, these are often considered services to support the core production effort.

Ironically, the quality of postlarvae used to stock ponds strongly influences the performance of the entire production chain. Consequently, iAqua offers a management service which includes all steps involved in the postlarval production process including health, nutrition, genetics, and hatchery management.

Hatchery management is considered a crucial element, because high performing specific pathogen free broodstock are of little value if the hatchery is not operating properly. If the postlarvae produced by the hatchery are infected with disease, stressed by poor water quality, or stunted due to nutritional deficiency, the upstream systems for disease control and genetic selection are wasted.

iAqua prefers to be responsible for the entire postlarval production process including provision of SPF stocks, disease surveillance and management, selective breeding, reproduction, larval rearing, and nursery. This approach avoids gaps and overlaps between programs which can lead to unproductive finger pointing when issues emerge.

In a similar vein, feed represents the single largest operating cost in any animal husbandry business. Efforts to reduce feed costs can lead to inefficient feeds, which can be a counterproductive drain on resources. iAqua can assist feed manufacturers with product development, formulation, raw material selection, manufacturing, and quality assurance.

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