Natural and Sustainable Alternatives for Fish Meal/Oil Usage in Atlantic Salmon Feeds

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: N/A
Contract: DG133R-05-CN-1205
Agency Tracking Number: NOAA 05-34
Amount: $49,996.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.1.10
Solicitation Number: NOAA 2013-1
Solicitation Year: 2
Award Year: 2005
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
Dobbin Road 6430-C, Columbia, MD, 21045
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Moti Harel
 Director of Aquqanutrition
 (410) 730-8600
Business Contact
 David Kyle
Title: President and CEO
Phone: (410) 730-8600
Research Institution
The aquaculture industry currently consumes 70 percent of the global production of fish oil and 35 percent of total fishmeal. The salmon and trout fish farming sectors alone consume over one half of the world¿s fish oil. And if fish farming continues to grow at the current rate, then by 2010 the aquaculture industry could well be using all of the world¿s fish oil and half of its fishmeal. Therefore, economically viable alternatives to the use of marine ingredients need to be found and implemented quickly. Successful industrial cultivation of algae to produce a clean and pollution free edible oil containing DHA has been recently achieved, and DHA-rich materials are now available for aquaculture feeds through Advanced BioNutrition Corporation (ABN). We propose that efficient utilization of algal based meals in fish diet could result in a very cost-effective alternative to fish meal and fish oil. This Phase I study addresses two fundamental questions: ¿Can both fish meal and fish oil be eliminated from the diet of a salmonid and replaced by algal meal?¿ ¿Can the salmonid still maintain nutritionally significant levels of DHA, in the end product?¿

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