This project will focus on utilization of microalgae, seaweed and mussel meal in fish feed.
There are opportunities in the Nordic countries to include the use of locally produced ingredients in fish feed, such as rapeseed, barley, microalgae, seaweed, mussel meal, squid meal, starfish meal, single cell proteins, fungus, invertebrates and to use remnants from one fish species to another.
The objective of this project is to utilize new local ingredients like microalgae, seaweed and mussel meal for aquaculture feed, minimizing carbon footprint and increasing the ecological sustainability of fish farming. New local raw materials for aquaculture feed will be tested and implemented into the production chain. This will result in the following:
- Moving the Nordic aquaculture industry towards more competitive and sustainable production methods with focus on efficient and responsible use of local feed sources.
- Establishing a user driven diversified “green growth” aquaculture production of high quality fish products.
- Lowering carbon footprint of aquaculture production.
- Indentifying novel fish feed ingredients, such as mussel meal, seaweed and microalgae and optimizing use of marine raw materials.
- Decreasing dependency on fish meal and fish oil as fish feed ingredients.
Integration of local raw materials as ingredients in fish feed would be a new approach in sustainable aquaculture including a significant reduction in the carbon foot print of the production.
By utilizing a new approach of choosing local raw materials for aquaculture feed, a significant upturn of a new, sustainable Nordic aquaculture can be foreseen in the coming years.
WHO is in the project?
Matis ohf, IS
Matis ohf, IS
Matorka ehf, IS
Björn Thrandur Björnsson
Gothenburg University, SE
Bodil K Larsen
Ann Cecilie Hansen
Coastal Zones Research Institute, CA