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Microalgae for hatcheries

Australian aquaculture produces some of the highest quality finfish, mussels and prawn products to be found anywhere in the world. Successful farmers know that maintaining consistently high quality microalgae feed cultures requires considerable know-how, high capital expenditure, dedicated labour and time.

Currently, most finfish, prawn and shellfish farms deal with the challenges of scaling-up algae feedstock on their own. Whilst acknowledged as a fundamental building block for each season’s final harvest, and despite the best efforts, such cultures are often subject to contamination. In many cases, the contamination leads to diminished nutritional quality or even the loss of the entire culture at a time when it is critically needed.


MBD Nutrition expertise is totally focussed on algae and over the last 5 years we’ve built a world leading facility and expertise in algae growth and scale-up and a large scale purpose-built algae facility at James Cook University, Townsville.

Over the past 18 months, we’ve been working with the industry to develop a service to support microalgae feed production in Australia.

Our company is pleased to offer finfish and prawn growers a dependable supply of consistently high quality algae cultures supplied direct, where and when they’re needed. As experts in algae, we want to save you time and money - and let you get back to focussing on growing and harvesting farm produce.

We pride ourselves on producing top quality live microalgae cultures at our state of the art facilities which enable us to produce desired volumes from 15 to thousands of litres - then ship these feed products to any destination in Eastern Australia.

Products* Densities Descriptions
Nannochloropsis oculata >50x106 cells/ml A very popular microalga for rotifer feed. Round cells 4-6µm in size. High in protein and omega-3 fatty acids, including high levels of essential EPA
Dunaliella viridis 2x106 cells/ml Oval flagellated cells 10-12µm in length.Dunaliella can be a premium feed supplement. Dunaliella has high levels of lipids, carotenoids and trace elements.
Chaetoceros muelleri Min 1x106 cells/ml (minimum) Probably the most used diatom in the aquaculture industry, 4-9µm in size. High in protein and omega-3 fatty acids, including high levels of essential EPA.
*Full biochemical profiles available upon request

If required, MBD Nutrition can isolate and research species of algae that are native to each aquaculture farm for an integrated and individual approach.

Aquaculture eclipses wild capture

Supply of seafood products globally is now dominated by highly efficient aquaculture facilities reliant upon ready access to affordable supplies of nutritious feed. Algae are a natural and favoured source of nutrition for a wide range of marine creatures.


Graph showing aquaculture production increases while wild capture numbers have platued




MBD Nutrition is working to establish long-term partnerships with each hatchery to ensure the required quantity, quality and consistency of algae culture can be assured, year after year..

Growing human populations, especially in developing regions of the world, demand access to sustainable supplies of protein. For many this need is being satisfied by farmed fish and crustaceans such as prawns (shrimp). A key to maintaining high levels of production is feed quality and cost. Algae is likely to play an increasingly important role.


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