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AquaGen - Aqua Gen AS (Headquarters)
  Date: Tuesday, September 20, 2016  9/20/2016 3:05:20 AM

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Subject: AquaGen tackles escapees at Aquaculture Europe 2016

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AquaGen researchers will present results from ground-breaking research
projects at Aquaculture Europe 2016, this week. Held at the Edinburgh
International Conference Centre (EICC) from 20th – 23rd September, the event
brings together industry personnel, suppliers, regulators, and researchers from
around the world to discuss the latest innovations, solutions and technological
breakthroughs in the fish and shellfish farming world.

Kim Erik Grashei, researching at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, will
talk about the success of AquaGen’s TRACK project, which facilitates the
genetic tracking of escaped farmed Atlantic salmon.

Every year there are more than 100,000 reported farmed salmon escapees in
Norway, which causes concern about the possibilities of them interbreeding with
wild salmon. The Norwegian government wants salmon farmers to bring the
industry under control, and has set a goal of no escapees. However, until this is
achieved, there is the question of accountability.

“For a fish farmer to be held accountable for an escape incident, it must be
possible for a fish to be classified correctly as escaped farmed Atlantic salmon,
and to be tracked back to its source. This requires a high degree of precision to
avoid accusing the wrong fish farmer,” said Grashei.

In October 2014, AquaGen launched TRACK, a system that can genetically
trace farmed fish through the genotyping of all parent Atlantic salmon
broodstock used in food production in Norway.

The system uses a Single Nucleotide Polymorphism chip (SNP-chip), a genetic
marker tool produced by Affymetrix, which can identify an individual’s genome.
55,000 SNPs are relevant to the AquaGen strain of fish, and when assessed in
combination, they are unique to families.

“We record all combinations of parents, and keep a comprehensive record of
the eggs sent to each customer. The origin of any escaped farmed Atlantic
salmon can thus be easily tracked with a high degree of precision using
parentage assignment,” explained Grachei.

Until all fish are recorded in this way, AquaGen is able to use a combination of
‘exclusion ratio’ and ‘genomic relationship likelihood’ methods to assign parents
to unknown escaped offspring. The company has full confidence in the
precision of results provided by these methods.

Andrew Reeve, who heads up AquaGen’s sales and marketing effort in the UK
and Ireland, will also be at the show, chatting to customers in the trade stand
arena about new developments in egg production.

“We have some exciting news for salmon farmers, in that the first eggs
produced from parents selected using genomic breeding values for sea-lice
resistance, amoebic gill disease (AGD) resistance, and growth, will be ready for
shipping to UK and Norwegian customers in October and November. We look
forward with interest to monitoring the performance of these fish,” said Reeve.


Company Name: AquaGen - Aqua Gen AS (Headquarters)
Name: Andy Reeve
Address: Havnegata 9 Trondheim, Norway
ZIP: N-7010
Telephone: +47 7245 0500
Fax: +47 7354 6291
e-mail: [email protected]
WEB page: http://www.aquagen.no
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAxBhp9ukBQ

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