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Neptune sells first insect-based aquafeed

Zeigler Bros in Gardners, Pensylvania, will be the first customer of Neptune Industries, a developer of sustainable solutions for aquaculture, headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida, to purchase 40 tonnes per month of Ento-Protein™, an insect-based alternative to fishmeal.

Ento-Protein is a high quality sustainable protein derived from insects, which is intended to be a replacement for the rapidly depleting fishmeal made from wild caught feedstock species.

Founded in 1935, privately held Ziegler Bros is a manufacturer of high quality animal feeds.

Neptune plans on opening the first of its production facilities in late 2008. Deliveries are expected to begin by the end of this calendar year, following the establishment of pilot operations.

Neptune CEO Ernest D. Papadoyianis said, "The reception Neptune has received from around the world since introducing the product is extremely encouraging. Several other major feed producers have already requested samples."

Organic designation
Papadoyianis said that recently issued guidelines and recommendations by the USDA Panel on organic standards for seafood, "Make me quite optimistic that standards will be promulgated for organic fishmeal. As the 'first mover' in this new product category, we have every reason to believe that Ento-Protein will then qualify for an organic designation."

The company began a research and testing program for Ento-Protein with Mississippi State University in 2007, and recently completed the third stage of validation trials.

Neptune filed a provisional process patent in the Production and Processing of Select Insects into Protein Meal for Fish and Animal Diets in February 2006.

About Neptune Industries
Neptune Industries
  is a technology company which from inception has been committed to achieving sustainable, eco-friendly aquaculture by innovating and pioneering a "total and comprehensive integrated systems solution" approach to the mission critical challenges facing the Aquaculture Industry today.

The company operates a sustainable fish farming facility in Florida City, Florida called Blue Heron Aqua Farms, Inc. Blue Heron Aqua Farms currently is one of the leading producers of hybrid striped bass, which it markets nationally and internationally as Everglades Striped Bass.

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