Both Paul’s academic and professional track record make him the ideal man to make Next Tuna a success. Paul holds both a masters and PhD in aquaculture from Humboldt University, Berlin. He further completed a joint MBA program by Universities of Bern and Rochester. Even more importantly, he has spent his 18 years professional career with planning, constructing and operating fish farms. For the last ten years, he has been head of production at Tropenhaus Frutingen, Switzerland’s leading fish farm. He is well connected, both in the fish farm industry and in relevant academic circles.
Paul takes overall responsibility for the project, with special emphasis on the planning and construction of the Next Tuna facility. Paul leads the development of the breeding program and the adaptation of recirculating aqua system technology from the salmon to ABT industry. He will support Sara and Andrew in the preparation and financing of the required infrastructure. Later on, Paul will be responsible for site construction. During CPB, Next Tuna’s research and development team will be putting special emphasis on the infertility protocol (Innovation 4). The team will be headed by Paul with support from Jan.
Andrew has been involved in infrastructure finance for nearly 15 years. As banker and as financial adviser, he has been involved in raising several billion EUR for projects across the globe.
He takes care of Next Tuna’s finances and is involved in the site selection and contracting processes.
Sara holds an MBA specialized in Marketing and Communication and has spent an essential part of her career in the European seafood industry. She currently heads the global sales department of a leading Italian industry player. Apart from her marketing excellence and connections within the industry as such, she has excellent connections to administrative authorities around the Mediterranean, which will be playing an important role in site selection as well as in securing land rights and permits.
She will be leading the development of required infrastructure, i.e. coordinate all relevant rights, permits and subsidy applications. Sara will be running the marketing and administration teams of Next Tuna and will be responsible for the commercialization of our ABT fingerlings.
Jan is holding a MSc in biology. As a tuna reproduction and breeding expert he has been involved in cutting-edge research programs around ABT. Apart from his work with Next Tuna, he is head of customer service at C-Feed AS, responsible for operating industrial and scientific projects on different fish species and facilities worldwide. His expertise in hatchery technology, early-stage nutrition of fish larvae and experience with ABT will be a key to Next Tuna’s success.
Jan will implement the scaling of existing ABT rearing protocols to industrial scale. Jan is in charge of planning our hatchery and assists generally in planning facility layout.
EIT Food is a Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) supported by the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT). EIT Food seeks to transform the way in which we produce, distribute and consume food throughout Europe to improve consumer confidence and health. It is a unique partnership of over 50 leading companies, universities, and scientific partners covering the entire food value chain.
Next Tuna successfully applied to EIT Food’s call for Sustainable Aquaculture in 2021. Today, we are a proud partner of EIT Food and benefit not only from its financial support but also from its unique partner network.
The Murcia Oceanographic Centre, belonging to the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO-CSIC) is the only place in Europe, with ABT full-cycle aquaculture research activity, and as such the most important partner of Next Tuna.
The IEO operates a recirculation facility for tuna brood-stock and a tuna hatchery in Cartagena and Mazarrón, respectively, in Murcia (Spain). The learnings from IEO, operating a comparable, but smaller facility than planned for Next Tuna are key to avoid major mistakes in our farm. IEO is one of our partners under our EIT Food grant. IEO will share its knowledge and experience with Next Tuna. IEO will validate the production concept, based on the TRL 7 experience out of the ABT RAS facility operated by IEO. IEO will support Next Tuna in developing the protocol for the production of infertile ABT together with Wageningen University and Research.
Wageningen University and Research (WLR) is the leading European centre for animal breeding and livestock management, including aquaculture species. WLR and Next Tuna team members share a successful collaborative research history and have worked together on three projects. Two of these were EU FP-7 Projects in the aquaculture research and development area and one was developing the breeding and selection program for perch and pikeperch.
WLR is the leading institute in Europe when it comes to the combination of aquaculture and animal breeding expertise under the same roof. Next Tuna will highly benefit from knowledge transfer from animal breeding into aquaculture facilitated by WWLR. WLR is one of our partners under our EIT Food grant. Next Tuna will develop, with support of WLR, a dedicated breeding program for ABT, based on the latest insights in genetic improvement using genomic selection. In cooperation with IEO, WLR will provide the research required to implement a protocol for infertile ABT production.
One of the biological/technical challenges of our land-based system will be the transfer of our product (juvenile ABT) to open sea water and their transport to our clients. We will be using a highly innovative approach: floating, RAS-based tanks for our juveniles. Seafarming Systems (SFS) is a leading developer of floating, semi closed and closed containment facilities in steel for other species such as salmon.
SFS and Next Tuna are in the process of jointly developing a concept for a floating RAS system based on the experience of SFS on floating semi closed and closed containment facilities for aquaculture production and on Next Tuna expertise in RAS design, construction and operation. SFS is one of our partners under our EIT Food grant.
With its head offices located in Denmark, CM Aqua helps water treatment solution makers to become more successful by disseminating technology solutions, equipment, knowledge, and experience in aquaculture. CM Aqua targets to manufacture equipment with long lifetime, solving the challenges with warm salt water by using high-tech polymers instead of the typical stainless-steel solutions.
Including its factory in Germany, CM Aqua has over 40 dedicated employees and more than 3 decades of experience from producing equipment to the aquaculture industry, like HEX drum filters and Ratz protein skimmers.
CM Aqua supports Next Tuna with design and engineering capacity to find the right solution for this major milestone in the aquaculture industry.
CFeed provides starter feed for marine fish which is easy to buy and use. C-Feed delivers copepod eggs to large scale commercial hatcheries, aquarists and researchers all over the world. Although small in size, a bottle of copepod eggs can give you more than 100 million copepods. The eggs are easily hatched into copepod nauplii, and can be further grown to larger copepod stages, using live micro algae, as the fish juvenile demands larger prey.
CFeed supports Next Tuna in hatchery design and developing optimal ABT larval rearing solutions based on Copepod feeding.
AFRY is a European leader in engineering, design, and advisory services, with a global reach and offices in more than 40 countries. AFRY accelerates the transition towards a more sustainable society with 17,000 devoted experts in infrastructure, industry, energy and digitalisation, creating sustainable solutions for generations to come.
Within the aquaculture industry, and more in general in the Blue Foods, AFRY offers a unique combination of know-how and support, ranging from guidance and advice to delivery and operations, all along the value chain of Blue Food projects.
Atali, represented by Tomas Hernandez, is a consulting company with focus on aquaculture project development in Spain. Based on Tomas previous experience as “Business development Manager” at Culmarex, where he was in charge of the development of new farming licenses and projects all over Spain. Tomas helps Next Tuna to successfully steer through the permitting and licensing process, based on his previous experience with very comparable projects in other state ports in Spain and his extensive network in the Spanish aquaculture community. Additionally, Tomas holds a Spanish fish veterinary license, which is needed to finalize licensing process.”
Vielca Ingenieros is an international engineering company, with headquarters based in Valencia, specialized in civil and maritime works, especially works in harbour environments, as well as environmental engineering. Vielca is responsible for submitting all needed documents for the permitting and concession process in Port of Castellon.
Gidon Minkoff (PhD) is a biologist who has dedicated his career, in the private sector, to developing and operating marine fish hatcheries. Initially designing and managing warm water Mediterranean bream/bass hatcheries he crossed over to cold water species when the Atlantic cod fishery collapsed in the mid ´90s. Moving to Canada he was intimately involved in developing cod hatcheries and in parallel ventured into resolving the biological requirements for producing Sablefish for which he established, developed and operated his own hatchery. Always having an interest in Tuna he was hired in 2008 for 2 years by a Panamanian company to develop hatchery technology for Yellowfin Tuna. His knowledge and experience has since been applied in a number of Bluefin Tuna projects for which his services were contracted.
Gidon Minkoff operates consulting services to the hatchery sector through his company Teleostei Hatchery Consulting. Activities were initiated in the early 2000´s and have provided services to dozens of clients on 5 continents. Currently operating under the name Fish Hatchery Consulting, it provides an entire spectrum of services through highly skilled specialists with which he has a shared working experience.
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