About Stefan Kraan
Born in The Netherlands, Dr Kraan graduated with a M.Sc. degree in Marine Biology at National University of Groningen, The Netherlands. He moved to Ireland to pursue a PhD on phylogenetics and aquaculture of edible seaweeds at the National University of Ireland, Galway in 1998. He became manager of the Irish Seaweed Industry Organisation in 1998 and finished his PhD in 2001.
He established the Irish Seaweed Centre in 2001, a dedicated R&D centre for seaweed-based research and development, which was launched in 2001. After managing the seaweed centre for 9 years, Dr Kraan resigned from University life in 2009 to pursue and develop some commercial ideas using seaweeds for a variety of purposes amongst them functional food ingredients for fish farming and novel algae cultivation systems for biofuel production. Dr Kraan is currently Co-Founder and Scientific Director of Ocean Harvest Technology Ltd, a company that has produced Oceanfeed™, a seaweed based functional feed ingredient for the animal and aquaculture farming industries. Furthermore he is involved in the development of large-scale seaweed biomass cultivation programs for the bio-ethanol industry and exploring protein extraction from seaweeds for animal feed industries. Dr Kraan has recently been elected vice-president of the International Seaweed Association. His main fields of expertise are aquaculture of seaweeds, sustainable development of algal resources, industrial applications of seaweeds and usage of seaweeds in animal feed, aquaculture, biotechnology and biomedicine.
About Ocean Harvest
Ocean Harvest Technology (OHT) is an Irish limited company founded in 2005 by Dr Stefan Kraan, an internationally recognised scientist and expert on seaweed applications and Patrick Martin a 25 year veteran of the global salmon aquaculture industry. Ocean Harvest has recently completed its new R&D and administration headquarters in Galway, Ireland and its new manufacturing, distribution and sales branch in Vietnam. OHT has created a variety of patented seaweed based formulas based on the bioactive ingredients present in the different seaweeds that replace the synthetic and other less desirable ingredients found in a variety of agri- and aquacultural feed ingredients. These proven and proprietary formulas represent a breakthrough in the animal rearing and farming sectors, being the first 100% sustainable marine sourced ingredient formulas of their kind. Recent scientific breakthroughs are the discovery of using specific algae that increase the omega 3 levels by 30% and significantly increasing milk protein in dairy cattle. After extensive testing, OHT has created OceanFeed™-salmonids, -shrimp, -swine, -bovine, -sheep –equine and C-pet, which OHT now sells to several global clients in the fish, shrimp and animal rearing industries. In addition to these products, OHT is currently developing products for the human food industry based on specific bioactive ingredients and EFSA-approved health claims. Innovation and development has led to several value-added products for animal health issues. OHT supports its unique formulas with an extremely experienced and successful scientific and technical management team working alongside the founders.
See http://oceanharvest.ie/ for more information