Mycotoxins Represent a Real Risk to Aquaculture: BIOMIN Aqua Days

Rui Gonçalves, Scientist Aquaculture at BIOMINA full 76% of samples tested contained 2 or more mycotoxins. A total of 41 finished aquafeed samples from Europe and Asia were analyzed.

Recognizing the threat

“Though it may be a relatively new topic for the industry, mycotoxins are important to aquaculture in terms of the negative effects in animals,” said Gonçalo Santos, R&D Manager Aquaculture at BIOMIN.

“While each mycotoxin has its own structure and particular effects, we know that generally mycotoxins reduce growth, increase mortality and decrease weight gain,” stated Michele Muccio, Mycotoxin Risk Management Product Manager at BIOMIN.

Immune suppression

Anwar Hasan, Technical Manager Aquaculture at BIOMIN, noted that “aquaculture producers in Asia Pacific countries face challenges such as EMS or white feces syndrome.” Each year the shrimp industry suffers losses of more than US$1 billion due to early mortality syndrome or acute hepatopancreatic necrosis (EMS/AHPND), an emerging disease caused by the bacterium Vibrio parahaemolyticus.

“Mycotoxins have an immunosuppressive effect, making fish and shrimp more vulnerable to opportunistic pathogens,” pointed out Mr Gonçalves.

The remarks were made within the context of 2016 Aqua Days hosted by BIOMIN. More than 60 aquaculture industry members from 16 countries attended the event from 23 to 25 August in Austria. The program consisted of conference sessions on important topics affecting the aquaculture industry, an overview of the R&D activities at BIOMIN along with on-site tours of the BIOMIN Research Center in Tulln, Austria.