A committee has been deliberating over the past fortnight to assess the best start-up companies in the aquaculture health, nutrition and farm management markets, each competing to present at the Aquaculture Investment Summit in London from 11-12 September.
The 12 are:
Arbiom, which seeks to address two issues facing animal agriculture: protein sourcing and gastrointestinal health, by integrating a historically non-food material (wood) into the food supply chain;
Entocycle, which has developed patented technology to industrially farm insects;
JALA, which is empowering shrimp farming to increase their yields through data-driven farming;
KnipBio, which is creating a range of premium aquaculture ingredients from low-cost feedstocks that contain high concentration of protein and immuno-nutrients;
Manolin, which is creating a digital health analytics platform to accelerate the resource sharing between aquaculture farms to better monitor, treat and prevent health outbreaks;
Mithal, which uses a robot to clean fish pens automatically and prevent growth from forming on the net;
Planktonic, which has developed a revolutionary way of cryopreserving a crustacean nauplii and deliver easy to use live feed to marine hatcheries in industrial volumes;
Proteon Pharmaceuticals, which develops bacteriophage-based solutions that significantly reduce or eliminate the need to use antibiotics in food animal production in aquaculture, poultry and dairy cows;
Quantidoc, whose decision-making tool, VeribarrTM, documents the fish’s slime cells responsive capability, enabling forecasts about the fish’s robustness and immunity;
VakSea, which enable farmers to protect their fish from viral diseases by feeding them its vaccines;
Verifik8, which is a sustainability analytics platform, where social and environmental practices of farms are monitored and verified;
WSENSE, which specialises in underwater monitoring and communication systems.