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ARRAINA - Advanced Research Initiatives for Nutrition & Aquaculture

Towards sustainable use of feeds based on alternative ingredients

Traditionally fish feeds are based on fishmeal and fish oil derived from capture fisheries but there is increasing pressure on this raw material due to increasing demands from a variety of users including the growing aquaculture sector and the human health market (e.g. Fish oil food supplements). Hence the sustainability and competiveness of aquaculture may depend on the replacement of these with alternative ingredients such as plant-based feeds. ARRAINA will build on this need by measuring the long-term effects these changes in diet will have on the full life cycle of fish for which presently little is known.

By developing applied tools and solutions of technological interest in collaborations with SMEs, ARRAINA will further strengthen the links between the scientific community and the EU feed industry and will contribute to increase the productivity and performance of the aquaculture sector leading to competitive advantage to the whole sector at a global level.


Press release: June 2015

New Publication: Technical Guide to Aquaculture Feed Ingredients 

A new resource for aquaculture feed producers, entitled Feed Ingredients in Aquaculture, has been published by the EU-funded ARRAINA (Advanced Research Initiatives for Nutrition & Aquaculture) project. 

The booklet has been designed to allow feed producers to understand at a glance the different properties of specific feed ingredients for aquaculture. It provides a database of aquaculture feed ingredients covering their nutrient composition, functional properties and effects on feed processing conditions and the physical quality of extruded pellets. 

Feed Ingredients in Aquaculture is the first of three technical booklets which will illustrate the developments arising from the ARRAINA project and facilitate access to its research. The aim is to make these booklets widely available in order to raise awareness of the science based knowledge supporting the development of high-quality, safe and environmentally sustainable aquaculture feeds. 

This booklet is specifically aimed at aquaculture feed producers, but also targets other industrial sectors (e.g. fish farmers, feed additives companies, retailers) and individuals interested in gaining further knowledge on the raw materials that are currently used in the feeds of farmed fish. 

Two further technical booklets will be produced within the timeframe of the project. The second of the series will focus on the nutrient requirements of Atlantic salmon, rainbow trout, carp, sea bass and sea bream. The third booklet will showcase a new integrative tool to predict the effects of alternative aquaculture feeds on fish farmed with known levels of contaminants in relation to food safety.

By developing applied tools and solutions of technological interest in collaboration with SMEs, ARRAINA will further strengthen the links between the scientific community and the EU feed industry and will contribute to increasing the productivity and performance of the aquaculture sector leading to competitive advantage to the whole sector at a global level. 

The Feed Ingredients in Aquaculture ARRAINA technical booklet is available to download from the ARRAINA website (http://arraina.eu/results/arraina-technical-booklets) . 

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Technical Guide to Aquaculture Feed Ingredients now available online