World Fishing & Aquaculture | Skretting’s new growth model for barramundi

Skretting has a new model to assist barramundi farming Photo: Skretting

Skretting has a new model to assist barramundi farming Photo: Skretting

Skretting has enhanced its suite of digital tools with a new growth model for barramundi.

The farming of barramundi, also known as Asian seabass, has increased substantially over the course of the last decade. Skretting anticipates that this strong growth trend will continue and has therefore amended its AquaSim platform to calculate barramundi farming performance and provide tailored feeding protocol recommendations.

Crucially, this new model is suitable for the most advanced genetic barramundi strains. “We worked with a large new production dataset of barramundi reared under a variety of environmental conditions both in net pens, tanks and ponds to develop this new model,” explained Kristoffer Tveit, Skretting’s digital innovation director.

“The recent data was collected from South East Asia, Australia and the Middle East. In addition, we had our own growth data from nutritional research trials at the Skretting ARC Hezhoubei Research Station,” he added.

Mr Tveit continued, “The growth model is now more robust for all growth predictions and clearly improved for large barramundi. Furthermore, it was interesting to see that small barramundi have a higher optimum temperature than large barramundi, which is something we have seen in other species.”

Arjen Roem, Skretting marketing manager, South Asia said that the barramundi is an industry model. It sets realistic feed ration targets, and it will predict growth accurately for the majority of our customers,” he said.

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