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The Global Aquaculture Challenge is looking for innovation now 🌎

Spheric Research in cooperation with the Saint Louis-based ag-tech fund The Yield Lab is delighted to announce the launching of the Global Aquaculture Challenge, an initiative to encourage innovation in the aquaculture field. Applicants will be selected by aquaculture experts to participate in a world class non-residential 6-month Accelerator Program led by industry recognized Subject Matter Experts. The Challenge…

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Land-based Salmon Handbook is out!

Spheric Research has finally published the Land-based Salmon Handbook in conjunction with Undercurrent News. This monster report is the first-ever data-driven approach to documenting the emergence of the land-based salmon movement. Besides documenting projects from futuristic designs to those plants currently in operation, we have supplied the first-ever database of post-smolt facilities that utilize recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) technology….

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South Korea, North Korea and Siberia: promising salmon farming region🇰🇷

I got a tip from Norwegian equity analyst Christian Olsen at Kepler Cheuvreux that there was a potentially disruptive South Korean salmon company farming salmon offshore. As Seoul is a short hop over the Yellow Sea from Qingdao and the China Seafood conference, I decided to investigate further.  Donghae STP was enormously accommodating and planned a meticulous agenda for my…

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Spheric Research at the China Fisheries & Seafood Expo 2018 🇨🇳

This year I joined the staff of Undercurrent News at this major seafood event in Qingdao, China. First thoughts are it’s quite remarkable to observe the development of even a so-called Tier II city such as Qingdao. Touching down on a crisp-cold November evening, Qingdao from above looks like Las Vegas with flashy neon-lighted hotels and massive highways. The…

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Bi-annual AquaSur event — a salmon fest with an omega-3 focus this year 🇨🇱

Salmon executives are treated to the impressive volcano views of Puerto Varas when they visit the bi-annual AquaSur event in southern Chile. AquaSur rotates with the AquaNor salmon trade fair, which is traditionally held in Trondheim, Norway.The theme this year was unquestionably the future of omega-3 feed ingredients in the salmon industry. Veramaris, the joint venture of Royal DSM…

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Spheric Research heads to GOAL 2018 in Guayaquil, Ecuador 🇪🇨

Guayaquil is the shrimp exporting hub of the Americas. We headed to the annual GOAL event, which is organized by the Global Aquaculture Alliance and brings together leading executives and thinkers from the seafood industry. There was a heavy emphasis on shrimp this year considering the destination and SR was busy at work researching Aquaculture Frontiers: Part 3, which…

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Cargill’s canola omega-3 crop program in Montana state 🇺🇸

Back in June I collected my MBA degree in New York and headed to Montana state to visit Cargill’s canola omega-3 crop program in Montana state. Growing omega-3 on the Great Plains to feed Atlantic salmon in the fjords of Norway and Chile is a remarkable development. Montana farmers are on the periphery of America’s best farmland soil. The…

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Seafood Expo North America 🇺🇸

This was my first visit to SENA. I don’t have the hindsight of previous visits, but I suspect that we are seeing a quiet revolution in the world of aquaculture, led by land-based farming entrepreneurs who are finally succeeding with this model of fish farming. One of the most intriguing visits I did at SENA was to the stand…

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A visit to India and Mangalore’s fishing industry 🇮🇳

Spheric Research - Lets get down to food.

Visiting India for the first time was a fascinating experience. I’m sure everyone has their own tales to tell, but let’s get down to food, and seafood. Indian is about 90% vegetarian and even a trip to an Indian McDonalds tells that story: the franchise advertises a host of vegetarian style burgers that I didn’t get the time to…

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