“Despite the global pandemic and economic turmoil in the first half of this year in the seafood sector, CAT has gone through tremendous positive changes,” says Jason Cleaversmith, VP of Health and Nutrition and GM for Canada.
“We have tripled our Canadian footprint with the addition of a new facility, and we have doubled staff numbers as well. We are very optimistic about our future continued growth and success. We are in the process of launching a business service with a feed extruder. We are also the world’s largest privately held provider of AQC3 aquaria space, and we can work with any aquatic species or aquatic pathogen.”
CAT’s PEI locations in Souris and Victoria by the Sea are supported by the head office in San Diego, California. The PEI facilities have about 75,000 square feet of aquaria and office space where they focus on health, nutrition and diagnostics for domestic and international clients.
“Our sweet spot is in the interplay of health, breeding, genetics, nutrition, and genotyping – we are unique in that respect,” says Jason. “We solely focus on aquaculture, so we bring together a high level of expertise, knowledge and infrastructure to provide services to the aquaculture sector. We work with new and highly innovative international farm and feed companies and producers.”
In the past year, they have worked with several different species, including eels, tilapia, shrimp, salmon and trout.
“We have a lot of expertise from our staff base that has been with us for several years. Our new service requirements are driving the recruitment of new expertise and talent.”
Their new service, which is planned to be up and running by early 2021, offers the ability to produce trial batches and test formulations to see how raw materials perform in a feed extrusion process.
“At CAT, we are able to help with breeding, genetic selection, health challenges, nutritional requirements, and diagnostics to help support existing and new species, lifecycle completion and development.
“The PEI BioAlliance has been particularly good at engaging and supporting the industry with several new initiatives over the past few years which have delivered on the needs of the sector. It is a true collaborative effort.
“The engagement levels on PEI are certainly higher than my experience elsewhere, which is a factor of the size of our community and how we interact. You can get the support you need in a timely manner to really give your business a chance to succeed.”
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