Malta firm wins innovation prize

MALTESE firm AquaBioTech Group has been awarded the Aquaculture Farm Innovation Award for a major development in the Middle East.

The Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Centre for Marine Research (Phase 2), in the United Arab Emirates, won the prize during the Dubai AquaME exhibition last week.

The AgraME/AquaME/VetME Awards recognise outstanding achievements of individuals, departments, teams or organisations that have contributed to the growth and development of the agricultural, aquaculture and veterinary industry, with a focus on best practice and innovation.

‘We’re very proud to be awarded the Aquaculture Farm Innovation Award,’ said Shane A. Hunter, technical director of the AquaBioTech Group.

‘The AgraME/AquaME/VetME Awards is a widely recognised competition attracting the most dynamic aquaculture companies globally.

‘This award give us the chance to showcase our achievements to the entire industry.’

The Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS) that are currently being developed by the AquaBioTech Group at the Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Centre help meet the region’s goal to fill in gaps in the aquaculture sector.

The government is investing in fingerling production to close the cycle of local species and creating a new generation of scientists and experts that will be able to resource the new aquaculture developments.

These production facilities will allow further international research collaborations and partnerships with the private aquaculture sector and support the educational institutes, while attracting aquaculture talents from the rest of the world.

The newly developed system designs will also demonstrate the technological adaptation and successful development of a number of state of the art RAS facilities for local species in the harsh environmental conditions of the Gulf region, paving the way for future aquaculture operators.

The systems developed by the AquaBioTech Group are all designed in collaboration with the experts of the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, taking into consideration their operational plans and needs, and incorporating the long-term development vision of the UAE to become a centre for excellence and innovation for marine and aquaculture research and development in the Middle East.

Picture: AquaBioTech Group technical director Shane Hunter collects the award

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