Aquaculture Talent Hatchery (ATH) Challenge, 1st September 2011 - 21st October 2011, Piloted online with a Greek, English, Spanish and Irish team with a final presentation in Rhodes, Greece (in English)

Four teams of potential entrepreneurs, made up of aquaculture students and early stage researchers competed over a number of weeks in an Aquaculture Talent Hatchery (ATH) challenge under the Aquaculture Entrepreneurship Mentorship programme. The competition came to a head at the Aquaculture Europe conference (AE 2011) in Rhodes, Greece where the four teams showcased their business plans in a final presentation to a panel of ATH mentors and industry representatives during the fish farmer’s day. Congratulations to the winning team from the UK who were presented with an award during the President’s reception by Bjørn Myrseth of Morpol and Serra Paixao from AQUAMAKS: Elena Piana, Stefano Carboni and Mayra Grano-Maldonado for their winning business plan for “the commercialisation of ShellPlant®: a closed system for bivalve farming”.



Well done to all of the students for their hard work and dedication; from Ireland: Maria O’Mahoney, Sarah O’Sullivan and James Dooley for their business plan on cutting edge lobster cultivation technology “Lobster Alive”, from Spain: Claudio Fuentes Grünewald, Javier López Luna and Olga Mª Felip Arias for their business plan on sustainable production of marine microalgae oil to replace fish oil in fish feed production “Microoilfeed” and from Greece: Antonios Chalaris, Elena Kaimakoudi and Amalia Mitsoura for their business plan on Omega 3 rich oil (85%) for human consumption based on the utilisation of aquaculture and fisheries by-products “MedMarPlus”.

The ATH trainers John Bostock, Panos Christofilogiannis and Clive Dove and the participating students would like to take this opportunity to thank the ATH mentors for their support; Mr. Gustavo Larrazábal A. (Grupo Tinamenor - Spain), Prof. Patrick Smith (Tethys Aquaculture Ltd - UK), Mr. John Stefanis (Selonda Group - Greece) and Dr. Gerry Mouzakitis (Gourmet Marine Ltd - Ireland) and all those involved in the training; Gavin Burnell (UCC - Ireland), Jerónimo Chirivella (Innovamar - Spain) and the competition judges: Bjørn Myrseth, Morpol Board Member (2011 FEAP EXCELLENCE AWARD RECIPIENT); Savvas Agrotis, Sargo Aquaculture Ltd. Founder & Owner; Levent Kayi, SKRETTING Turkey General Manager.

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For the full "Conclusions and recommendations from pilot training activities" report click here

For the "Evaluation by an external expert" report click here