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Aquaculture is a booming livestock industry requiring a profound change in diet in order to avoid the use of fish meal and fish oils. Aquaculture is becoming the main source of fish consumed by humans and may represent the main source of protein for human consumption by 2050. As fish caught for fish meal has been stable since the introduction of quotas, global  production of fish meal and fish oil can no longer meet the growing needs of aquaculture. Substituting fish meal and fish oils with alternative raw materials has become a priority for the sustainable development of aquaculture. In spite of the progress made in this field, total substitution by plants has not yet been achieved due to a deterioration in fish growth performance. However, there are new opportunities available to the industry in terms of raw materials, (plant biodiversity, new Processed Animal Proteins, microalgae, yeast and insect producer interest, etc.) that the NINAqua project  proposes to take up.

The main challenge of the NINAqua project will be to develop new aquaculture feed in order to enable companies in the French fish ‘trout’ and ‘bass’ farming industry to anticipate the total replacement of fish meal and fish oil in aquaculture feed. In practice this will determine and develop new ingredients that can be incorporated into new aquaculture feed and to define the effectiveness of this new aquaculture feed, in terms of growth, health and quality of fish and also determine whether these new foods are able to provide technical, economic and environmental sustainability to French aquaculture systems.

This project, co-labellised by Mer Bretagne Atlantique and Mer Méditerrannée Poles of competitiveness and Hydreos,  was labellised on the 25th November by the AQUIMER Pole of Competitiveness


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