Novus Global Aquaculture Innovation Award Presented at GOAL 2013 Inaugural Award Recognizes Creative Advances that Drive Continuous Improvements in Aquaculture

ST. LOUIS, Oct. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Novus announced that Dr. Amir Sagi, Ph.D., a professor at Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Israel, is the recipient of the 2013 Novus Global Aquaculture Innovation Award. In association with the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA), this inaugural award, sponsored by Novus, was presented today during the GOAL 2013 conference held in Paris, France. The Global Aquaculture Innovation Award was launched at GOAL 2012 to recognize innovative practices that overcome production challenges or mitigate negative environmental or social impacts at aquaculture farms.

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"We are thrilled to recognize the exceptional work of Dr. Sagi and it is our honor to present him with this award," notes Dr. Francisco Saraiva Gomes, Executive Manager of the Aqua Business Unit at Novus. "Aquaculture needs innovation in order to capture its potential. Novus and our partner, the GAA, want to encourage thought leaders in the aquaculture industry to push themselves to continue to develop innovations that address key issues and challenges that affect all areas of aquaculture production."

Dr. Sagi's innovation was selected from a pool of 16 entries representing 11 countries. The six-member judging committee, which included Dr. Saraiva Gomes as well as Dr. Craig Browdy, Executive Manager of Aquaculture Research at Novus, selected Dr. Sagi's innovation because it effectively addressed a key obstacle in the production of Macrobrachium rosenbergii — manual sorting of juveniles by gender. The judges felt that this innovation could stimulate expansion in freshwater prawn production without genetic modification or use of exogenous hormones.

All types of innovations qualified for the award, including wetlands conservation, feed management, water-quality management, effluent reduction, energy reduction, staff training, community relations, animal welfare and health and nutrition. For his winning innovation, Dr. Sagi received an expense-paid trip to GOAL 2013 and was presented a plaque and $1,000 cash prize by Dr. Saraiva Gomes.

To learn more about Novus's aquaculture solutions designed to make aquaculture production more efficient and profitable, visit the company's corporate web site at www.novusint.com.

About Novus International, Inc.
Novus International, Inc. is headquartered in metropolitan St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A. and serves customers in nearly 100 countries around the world. A global leader in developing animal health and nutrition solutions, Novus's products include ALIMET® and MHA® feed supplements, ACTIVATE® nutritional feed acid, ACIDOMIX® preservative premixture, ADVENT® coccidiosis control, CIBENZA® feed additive, MINTREX® chelated trace mineral, SANTOQUIN® feed preservative, MERA™MET aquaculture feed additive, AGRADO® feed antioxidant and many other specialty ingredients. Stratum® Nutrition, a division of Novus Nutrition Brands, LLC, focuses on human nutrition through specialty and functional ingredients for manufacturers of foods, beverages and dietary supplements (www.stratumnutrition.com). Novus is privately owned by Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc. and Nippon Soda Co., Ltd. For more information visit www.novusint.com.

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Contacts: Tracy Barfield
636.794.2411
tracy.barfield@novusint.com

Barbara Hansen
636.926.7436
barbara.hansen@novusint.com

SOURCE Novus International, Inc.



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