July 10, 2008


USDA in collaboration to look for alternatives to fishmeal 


The USDA is collaborating with the national Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to seek an alternative to fishmeal for use in aquaculture. 


In November 2007, NOAA and USDA announced a joint initiative to promote the development of alternative feeds for aquaculture. The initiative involves two USDA agencies - the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES).


Contributors will also promote alternative feed research within the US and around the world, identify research and development priorities, and improve public awareness.


ARS scientists have already made major strides in this area, developing nutritious diets using sustainable, plant-derived proteins. Others are investigating whether breeding programmes could produce fish more likely to thrive on alternative feed ingredients.


Online tools have also been developed to help manufacturers select alternatives to fishmeal.


The FAO estimates that more than 40 percent of the seafood consumed world-wide is coming from aquaculture, and that production must double to meet the expected demand by the year 2030.

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