Copper-alloy Pens Featured at AquaNor 2013: Aquaculture Experts Available to Discuss Research

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NEW YORK, NY/U.S. (6 August 2013) –

Key Highlights:

  • International Copper Association displaying samples of copper-alloy mesh at AquaNor in Trondheim, Norway, starting on 13 August.
  • Copper-alloy mesh pens protect fish stock while ensuring safety of local predators such as seals and sea lions.
  • Copper-alloy mesh pens resist biofouling, improve water circulation and reduce maintenance costs.

AquaNor opens in Trondheim, Norway, on 13 August, and the International Copper Association (ICA) will in Stand #C-224 explaining the benefits of copper-alloy mesh pens.

Langley Gace, aquaculture applications development manager for the ICA, said, “Over the past several years interest in and use of copper-ally pens has expanded. We now have 200+ pens in locations around the world protecting a range of fish, from salmon and seriola to sea bream and sea bass.”

Durable copper-alloy mesh protects salmon from predator attacks and reduces escapes of farm-raised fish. Copper-alloy mesh reduces impact from pathogens and parasites, as monitored by farmers, allowing for a healthy growth cycle. Copper-alloy mesh reduces the need for antibiotic treatment of the fish and eliminates the need for antifouling coatings.

Bob Dwyer, associate director for environment for the ICA’s Health, Environment and Sustainable Development initiative, added, “Copper-alloy net pens have been successfully tested in a variety of environments including laboratory studies in Chile, Germany and United States and field studies in Chile, Canada, Greece and Korea. Research shows that copper alloys decrease the rate of biofouling while meeting very stringent water quality standards.”

Mr. Gace and Dr. Dwyer will be available at the ICA’s AquaNor stand for discussions, along with Dr. Carol Powell, a marine corrosion expert. In addition, Mr. Gace and Dr. Dwyer are presenting at the European Aquaculture Society’s conference prior to the show.

About The International Copper Association
The International Copper Association (ICA) increases awareness and usage of copper by communicating the unique attributes that make this sustainable element an essential contributor to the formation of life, to advances in science and technology, and to a higher standard of living throughout the world. The ICA’s 43 members represent a majority of the world’s refined copper output and are among the largest copper producers, fabricators, and wire and cable companies.

About Copper AllianceTM
The Copper AllianceTM is a network of regional copper centers and their industry-leading members, led by ICA. The Copper Alliance and ICA are responsible for guiding policy and strategy and for funding international initiatives and promotional activities. Headquartered in New York, the organization has offices in four primary regions: Asia, Europe and Africa, Latin America and North America. Copper Alliance programs and initiatives are executed in more than 60 countries through its regional offices and 27 copper promotion centers.

For more information, visit CuAquaculture.org or email aquaculture@copperalliance.org.

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Media Contact: Nicole Witoslawski
International Copper Association
+1 646.350.9968, nicole.witoslawski@copperalliance.org