Improving Commercial Fish Meal Free Aquaculture Diets

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Contract: WC-133R-14-CN-0125
Agency Tracking Number: 13-2-083
Amount: $399,916.44
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 9.2
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2014-09-16
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2016-09-15
Small Business Information
PO Box 85, Redkey, IN, 47343-0085
DUNS: 029441162
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Steven Craig
 Director of Feed Development
 (765) 369-3113
 steve.craig@bellaquaculture.com
Business Contact
 H Harris
Title: Chief Scientific Officer
Phone: (765) 369-3107
Email: bill.harris@bellaquaculture.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Domestic US aquaculture is moving toward fishmeal replacement in aquafeeds with a variety of alternative protein sources including plant-based, terrestrial and marine proteins. In our Phase I work we showed the feasibility of modifying the protein quality of several alternate protein sources, specifically animal byproduct meals, and its potential significant impacts on marine fish production. The next step in our Phase II is to continue this work focused upon fishmeal-free aquafeeds using specifically rendered and formulated ingredients made as complete diets in our new feedmill for feed testing and commercial production. Furthermore our work suggests that processing of specific feed ingredients destroys or modifies essential micronutrients resulting in poorer performances under commercial aquaculture conditions and we will work with modifications of these ingredient exposed to modified processes to formulate and manufacture fish meal free production diets and conducting extensive feeding trials with representative marine, brackish and freshwater aquaculture species, thereby correlating the presence of absence of these nutrients back to production performance. These feeds will be tested and sold to U.S. aquaculture producers targeting feed development toward marine and freshwater species for expected international and domestic adoption based on analysis of the economic variables and marketing of the final aquafeeds.

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