Kiotech shows positive results in fish trials
Kiotech International plc has been conducting large-scale
trials at commercial aquaculture facilities to assess the efficacy of its
pheromone-based feeding attractants in full scale commercial situations. Initial
results from these trials have been very encouraging.
The trials were carried out in partnership with the UK Government Agency
CEFAS (the Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science) and in
collaboration with local aquaculture and fish institutes in China and
At a six month commercial
trial, the species Tilapia gained 17% more weight as compared to control. The
accelerated rate of fish growth allowed harvesting of Tilapia 3 weeks early. In
addition, the fish appeared healthier and the water quality was improved. This
trial also showed that secondary crop of White Shrimp (grown in same ponds)
yielded significantly higher weights with less disease.
White shrimp trial
A three month commercial trial, White
Shrimp were 30% larger on average than the control shrimp. Less feed was
required probably due to increased and improved feed uptake by the shrimp
resulting in lower food wastage. In addition, shrimp had a lower food conversion
ratio (FCR) (more efficient conversion to meat) compared to the
These results demonstrate the
potential for very significant commercial benefits to the participating farmers
operating in multi billion dollar global aquaculture market, as well as
producing equally significant environmental benefits. The company is now working
on obtaining full regulatory approval for these products and start commercial
sales as soon as possible thereafter. A joint venture agreement for production
and distribution of the products in China, the largest market for the species
covered by the trials is currently under discussion.
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