Testing the replacement of fish meal and fish oil in Seriola rivoliana diets with soy-based protein and oil
Parent Project:
This is the first year of this project.
Lead Principal Investigator:
Tom Clemente, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
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Leveraged Funding (Non-Checkoff):
$95,000 -This program aligned with an algal company, Heliae
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Brief Project Summary:

This multi-year project was completed by a transdisciplinary team of researchers with expertise in aquaculture, aquafeed formulations, agribusiness, and agricultural biotechnology, to develop and test aquafeed formulations designed to displace fishmeal and fish oil with soybean-based protein and oil in the diet of Kampachi, the Hawaiian yellow tail. A diet with 40% soybean meal was determined to be cost competitive with current commercial diets used to produce Kampachi. A key ingredient is the requirement for taurine supplementation, so a 5% inclusion level is necessary to avoid a deadly nutritional deficiency called green liver disease.

Key Audience:
Aquaculture nutritionists, aquaculture feed producers, Kampachi producers

Information And Results
Project Deliverables

The outputs and deliverables from this program include:
1) a finfish aquafeed formulation 40% SPC inclusion, and portion of lipid component soybean-based, prepared by a commercial feed mill, with demonstrated performance, cost-effectiveness, without compromising taste or nutritional quality of the harvest. Completed by September 2018

2) a finfish aquafeed formulation with 48.5% SPC or greater inclusion, with portion of the lipid component soybean-based, which is free of marine-based ingredients. Completed by July 2018

3) a supply of seed of a soybean-based feedstock for aquaculture. This soybean is uniquely suited for an identity preserved soybean, with potential to meet the global demand of astaxanthin from a harvest across 4 million acres. Oct 2018
4) a cost effective algal-based feedstock for the production of taurine and EPA to aid in the development of a sustainable marine-free aquafeed, with high inclusion rates of soybean protein and lipid ingredients, for farming of high end finfish.

Final Project Results

Updated February 16, 2021:

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