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Aug 13, 2019
5 questions with AquaBounty’s Alejandro Rojas on feed ingredients, social license for GE animals, and regulation
The world may be laser-focused on “alternative” proteins from plants and cultured animal cells, but the animal tech sector is undergoing sweeping
changes of its own.
Aquaculture is a prime example. The industry is the fastest-growing animal protein sector, with a market value of $13.3 billion. By 2030, 62% of fish for consumption will come from aquaculture systems both in water and on land.
A number of startups are emerging in the sector, including data optimization venture XpertSea
, filtration technology startup BioFischency
, feed optimization developer CageEye
, and fish health startup ViAqua
“The industry is not behind when it comes to technological adoption and innovation,” says Alejandro Rojas, the farms division chief operating officer for AquaBounty, a company producing genetically modified fish.
Rojas sees AquaBounty as a prime example. “We are focused on two areas of innovation,” he explains. “One is feed and raw materials. The other is improving our genetic line. That is the constant focus of our innovation.” Read the article