Pescanova Biomarine Center
The Pescanova Biomarine Center is an Aquaculture R&D&I Centre that places the Nueva Pescanova Group at the international forefront in research for the improvement of health, nutrition, animal welfare, sustainability and new farming species (of the 250,000 marine species that exist, we only know how to farm 580).
FROM CHICKEN FARM AND EUROPEAN PIONEER IN TURBOT AQUACULTURE, TO WORLD REFERENCE IN R&D&I
The space that now houses the Pescanova Biomarine Center was originally a chicken farm in the 20th century.
As early as the 1980s, Insuiña, the first company in Europe to conduct research and market turbot in aquaculture, was established here.
In 2017, work started on the construction of the Pescanova Biomarine Center. In addition to conducting aquaculture research, it continues to be a turbot production centre and will produce the first aquaculture octopuses to be commercialised in the world.
It has a surface area of 4,000 square metres and a photovoltaic solar park for self-consumption with 714 modules with a yearly energy production capacity of 300,000 kWh, which will prevent the emission of CO2 equivalent to planting more than 7,000 trees.
BENCHMARK IN ANIMAL WELFARE
The Pescanova Biomarine Center has a staff of more than 40 researchers who have already achieved a world milestone by completing, for the first time in history, the octopus reproduction cycle in aquaculture. As a result, the specimens born in Nueva Pescanova have reached adulthood and reproduced outside their natural habitat.
Lourditas, the world’ s first octopus to be born in aquaculture, grew up and became a mother and now has great-great-grandchildren that have just become parents. Meanwhile, at the Pescanova Biomarine Center, the whole family is cared for as on the first day.
LEADERS IN BIG DATA AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
Pescanova Biomarine is working on several projects in collaboration with technology partners, universities and research centers to improve digital transformation and sustainability.
As an example, we are working on Artificial Intelligence and Big Data with Microsoft in our vannamei shrimp ponds in Latin America, controlling 100% of the processes automatically and in real time, boosting the efficiency and sustainability of the farms, guaranteeing food traceability and improving animal health and welfare.
The building also houses the Pescanova Biomarine Center Museum, an informative space open to the public that raises awareness on the importance of preserving marine ecosystems for the future development of the planet. The museum also traces the history of aquaculture, which started as early as 3,500 BC in China, and explains its benefits and future.
It is the first Aquaculture Museum in Southern Europe.