proviron microalgae for sea cucumber

sea cucumber

nurtured with freeze-dried microalgae

It looks like a pickle, tastes very neutral and has a gelatinous texture. It is low in fat and cholesterol, rich in protein, antioxidants and vitamin B.

Meet the sea cucumber.

The sea cucumber , also known as trepang, sandfish or ‘béche de mer’ is one of the top 5 most valuable seafoods consumed in China, Japan, Singapore and other Asian communities. On the menu you often find it in wok dishes, stewed dishes or combined with other seafood, meat and spices.

Moreover, it is low in fat and cholesterol, rich in protein, antioxidants and vitamin B.

The consumption of sea cucumber is growing year over year. In order to fulfill the growing demand and comply with natural catch quotas, farms are increasingly being opened on land. Microalgae play an instrumental role in making this a success story.

microalgae sea cucumber dish

microalgae as most important feed

During their adult life sea cucumbers thrive on a diet of detritus, zooplankton and algae which they find on the sea floor, but in their very earliest life stages they are entirely dependent on microalgae.

Microalgae are notorious for their high levels of poly-unsaturated fatty acids and potent antioxidants. At the same time, they are an abundant source of carbohydrates, proteins rich in essential amino acids, vitamins and trace elements. Often, they also possess antibacterial, antiviral and/or immune-stimulatory activity. It is these properties that make microalgae an essential feed for sea cucumber.

Proviron produces a number of top choice algae for sea cucumber larvae. IsoPrime, ChaetoPrime, and TetraPrime C are our freeze-dried versions of Isochrysis aff. galbana (T-ISO), Chaetoceros muelleri and Tetraselmis chuii, the most commonly used algae species in sea cucumber hatcheries. Our freeze dried algae have a constant high quality, are readily available and very easy to use. No need to culture them on site.

IsoPrime

ChaetoPrime

TetraPrime C

Want to get started with a diet of these 3 freeze dried algae? Request for your introductory kits code and order 2 + 1 !

Sea Orchards successfully using freeze dried microalgae

Peter Pesch is the general manager of one of these sea cucumber hatcheries. Sea Orchards is the first commercial sea cucumber aquaculture operation in Thailand. Its specialty is the production of Holothuria scabra or better known as sandfish, a high value tropical sea cucumber.

It was easier and cheaper to choose for the Premium freeze-dried microalgae of Proviron, compared to setting up our own algae cultivation laboratory.

Peter Pesch, general manager at Sea Orchards
Peter Pesch Sea Orchards

benefits of freeze-dried microalgae

reduces culture crashes in production

On the spot production of algae holds great risk. Algae culture crashes happen, much more often than you would like and every time they come with great consequences. Your rotifers suffer or your shrimp larvae culture collapses.

Why take the risk of losing your production batch? With our Premium freeze dried algae, you can already exclude the possibility of the culture crash being caused by administering poorly cultivated algae.

Proviron Prime freeze dried microalgae are always available straight from the shelf.

avoid pathogen contamination risk

In house algae cultures are a major vehicle for Vibrio and pathogenic ciliates. Using live algae does not allow to properly check for such contamination prior to feeding.

Our production facilities do not source from natural (salt) surface waters nor are located near them (or other potential (aquaculture) pathogen reservoirs. There are no fish, shrimp, shellfish or other aquatic organisms grown at or in the vicinity of our production facilities.

Proviron algae are produced under the most stringently controlled conditions and continuously checked for the presence of pathogens (HACCP and FCA certified by SGS (FCA certificate BE 01/1522.GF))

consistent premium nutritional quality

Are you sure your in house algae have the right nutritional profile all the time? Seasonal changes have serious impact on the nutritional quality. Very often growth circumstances at your hatchery are not ideal to reach optimal quality.

Proviron Prime microalgae are grown under optimised circumstances to guarantee a consistently high quality (high PUFA content, lipid profile, …). They are continuously controlled for quality and purity, and only released when all specifications are met. Processing by freeze drying also ensures that the nutritional profile remains unchanged throughout the storage period.

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