Opening of the Blue aqua broodstock production center
SINGAPORE – The opening ceremony of Blue Aqua International’s Broodstock Production Center was held on the 5th of October, 2017.
Senior Minister of State, Dr Koh Poh Koon officiated the opening at the facility in Neo Tiew, Singapore.
The Blue Aqua Broodstock Production Center receives technical support from the Shrimp Department of Oceanic Institute of Hawaii, and aims to produce 70,000 Specific Pathogen Free shrimp broodstock in its first year of production.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Dr Farshad Shishehchian, CEO and President of the Blue Aqua Group of Companies said that he has goals to bring Singapore’s aquaculture scene to new heights.
“Singapore is known to be a centre of innovation and technology, our aquaculture scene, too, needs to catch up to this title,
“Blue Aqua’s broodstock production center will serve as the bottle-neck of the industry, bringing in the innovation and skills required for our local scene”
Blue Aqua’s broodstock production center will also help to provide SPF L. vannamei broodstock to local farmers, who may not have access to quality broodstock.
Speaking at the AquaSG’17 conference on the same day, Senior Minister of State Dr Koh mentioned the importance on educating our youths on industry skills such as aquaculture to bring about more business opportunities and greater food security in Singapore.
“These are areas in which our industry players can continue to work together across different sectors to unlock opportunities,
“It is early days, but we have the potential to become a leader in tropical marine aquaculture” said Dr Koh.
The Blue Aqua Broodstock Production Center will also serve as a training centre for vet-tech students from Temasek Polytechnic, to bring about hands-on experience and industry skills training.
“As our aquaculture industry matures, partnerships between research institutes and industry players become increasingly important.
“There are plenty of synergies if we work collectively, as customised solutions are required for the types of fish grown here in Singapore, tailored to our water conditions” he said.
Blue Aqua has been working closely with institutes like Temasek Polytechnic, to provide learning platforms and overseas training opportunities as part of Temasek Polytechnic’s internship programme.
Dr Farshad emphasised that it is incredibly important to educate the youths on the import role aquaculture plays in the current state of the world, with a population of 9 billion to feed by the year 2050.
“Once you’re starving, you’ll hand over everything you own in exchange for a (fish) burger” he said.