Bosnian fish farm wins innovation award

Tropic Ribarstvo is the winner of Alltech Coppen's inaugural Inventor programme Photo: Alltech Coppens Tropic Ribarstvo is the winner of Alltech Coppen's inaugural Inventor programme Photo: Alltech Coppens

Dutch fish feed company, Alltech Coppens, has announced fish farm Tropic Ribarstvo and its invention, a peracetic acid dispenser for trout farms, as the winner of the inaugural Inventor programme.

In the intensive production of rainbow trout there are conditions, such as gills diseases, that need to be treated with peracetic acid or a similar medical supplement. Managing director of Tropic Ribarstvo, Zoran Tepic, and his team have invented a device for safely applying treatments to fish tanks and raceways.

“There was a wide range of exciting and diverse innovations, and the choice of selecting a winner was exceptionally difficult,” said Pat Charlton, chief executive of Alltech Coppens. “Traditionally, the flow in the fish tank is stopped and the peracetic acid is manually applied to the water — this can cause additional stress on the fish and uneven distribution of the therapeutic.

"This invention is an extremely efficient method of treating fish in a way that ensures safe and stable dosing while minimising stress to fish stock during the process."

Along with showcasing the invention to leaders and peers of the aquaculture industry at Aqua InDepth which took place in Eindhoven, the Netherlands on October 1 – 2, Tropic Ribarstvo, based in Bosnia and Herzegovina, has won €2,000 worth of Alltech Coppens feed and the support of the Alltech Innovation team to help develop the idea.

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