The Portuguese company Sparos, through Pacific Trading Aquaculture (PTAqua) well-established distribution platform, will give access to tailored feeds to the fish hatcheries.

Thanks a to a new partnership, more fish hatcheries will now have easy access to tailored feeds by SPAROS, through Pacific Trading Aquaculture (PTAqua) well-established distribution platform thanks to their alliance. The bespoke feed products are aimed at larval fish stages of species such as Seriolas, Meagre, Seabass, Seabream and especially Ballan wrasse.

“We’re delighted to be partnering with PTAqua to provide Sparos nutritional solutions that will ultimately support the sustainable growth of aquaculture. These are exciting times for hatcheries – particularly in the Norwegian, Mediterranean and Middle East markets – that will now have easier access to our premium products and high-level technical support through PTAqua’s strong presence in these regions,” said Luis Conceição, co-founder and R&D director from Sparos.

From Sparos’ portfolio of hatchery feeds, PTAqua will distribute WINFast – premium feeds for fish species such as Seriolas, meagre, seabass and seabream – WINWrasse – the first customized commercial earliest stage microdiet for Ballan wrasse larvae – and ENRico – an all-in-one enrichment feed for artemia and rotifers.

Particularly important for emerging markets

Sparos’ products are a response to the increasing need for innovative nutritional solutions for both traditional and emerging aquaculture species.

“There is a growing demand for tailored feed products in aquaculture to sustainably boost productivity while maintaining good fish welfare standards. This is particularly important for emerging markets and species such as Ballan wrasse and Seriolas, as it can help overcome production bottlenecks in terms of fish growth and survival. Our mission is to provide hatcheries with the best nutritional solutions and Sparos products fit the bill perfectly,” says Ian Sutton, Joint-CEO from PTAqua.

Sparos premium products are formulated for specific fish species using top quality and highly digestible ingredients that help fish hatcheries to excel in performance and quality. These feeds are produced using cold extrusion and microencapsulation technologies to ensure maximum protection of water-soluble nutrients, such as taurine, while fulfilling larvae nutritional requirements.

Significant improvements in fish performance

“At the larval stage, not all fish species thrive on the same microfeed. What works for gilthead seabream may not work for Senegalese sole or Ballan wrasse. There are significant improvements in fish performance when you tailor the formulation or the pellet physical properties to each fish species,” Conceição said.

“Through collaboration with research institutes and feedback from our customers, we have focused on diversifying and tailoring feeds for different fish larvae, which translates into significant performance benefits in the long run,” he finished.

Products from manufacturers in Japan, USA and Europe

Based in Ireland, Pacific Trading Aquaculture distributes high-quality hatchery nutritional products for marine fry production and on-growing. They source and co-develop products from leading manufacturers in Japan, USA and Europe and “are proud to count virtually all of the large marine species producers in Mediterranean, Scandinavia, and the Middle East as long-term customers, partners, and friends”.

“Our mission is to offer only the class-leading products supported by fast on-time delivery and total commitment to complete customer satisfaction”, they say.

Atlantic salmon calibrations

In the same week of the announcement of the new partnership, Sparos launched their Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) calibrations for their nutritional tools, Feednetics and FiT feeding tables, for fish farmers, aquafeed companies and aquaculture researchers.

Feednetics is a virtual environment to evaluate different aquafeeds under specific site conditions and FiT feeding tables is used by fish farmers to predict fish feeding requirements for their own target growth and feeds.

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